"Huntly Team"

About: General Practices in Grampian

(as a relative),

my grandfather has suffered with depression for a number of years and since my grandmother started showing signs of memory loss his condition worsened. He fell into a trap of drinking alcohol to help him cope and this in turn made the depression worse.

We eventually had to contact the Gp team at Huntly on the advice of the fantastic district nursing team who has already met him, little did we know this would be the turning point for him. Dr sillcox came out to the house and spoke to him with empathy and compassion. Persuaded him to be admitted to deal with not only the alcohol dependency but my granny's worsening condition, which until then he had chosen to ignore. He was admitted to rothieden where he received 12 days of superb care, support and food! And after 6 weeks at home, a change of medication and a couple of blips, one of which we must thank dr Miller for his compassion, life is returning to normal and he says the "beast" which he calls his depression is lessening its grip on him.

The team at Huntly have also started the diagnosis process for my grandmother and put us in touch with multiple agencies to support them in the future. We were a family who were sinking and despite oceans of love sometimes a team of professionals is what is required!

Too often health care professionals are criticised for what goes wrong. So well done and thank you to the entire team at Huntly you are amazing!

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Response from Linda Oldroyd, Nurse Consultant Patient Safety and Experience, NHS Grampian

Dear Worried granddaughter

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your feedback on Patient Opinion. Once again we hear about a whole team approach to looking after a whole family. No one problem exists in isolation so it is good to hear how your family were helped and supported by the whole team in Huntly.

I am sure all the staff will be grateful for your praise and we will make sure that they are made aware of your kind words.

“Auld age disnae come itsel” is a phrase we often hear in the North-east of Scotland and whilst this is true, we also know that with good care and support older folks can go on living happy and fulfilling lives.

Good luck to you and your grandparents and thank you again.

Kind regards,

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