"Tameside hospital is a credit to the NHS"

About: Tameside General Hospital / Pain Management

(as the patient),

Last week I had a hysterectomy at Tameside hospital and cannot express the kindness and care I was given by all the staff. Even before my operation, the prep staff were jovial and it definitely helped ease any pre-op nerves. Unfortunately, i had a difficult time when i can out of theatre and spent hours in recovery as the staff tried desperately to control my pain. I have ulcerative colitis and I think my sensitive bowel was disturbed during the surgery, which probably explains the pain; the whole team were so reassuring and dedicated to my care. This, then, continued throughout my stay at the hospital. Staff would actually come and ask me how I was feeling regularly and this was a complete revelation for me as I had only ever had operations at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

I feel guilty that i cannot remember the names of the staff involved, as I think they should be commended for such good care. If i had paid privately for the surgery it couldn't have beaten Tameside Hospital. If I am being honest, I found the six operations at the Royal Infirmary horrific! I felt the staff who cared for me ignored me all day. I feel so sorry for the slating Tameside Hospital gets in the news. It must be so disheartening for these dedicated staff. The hospital was spotlessly clean and amazing, whereas I found the Royal Infirmary filthy and I felt ignored! So again, a big thank you to everyone; you are doing an excellent job and there are countless people who appreciate it x

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Response from Philip Dylak, Director of Nursing, Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust

Dear Patricia

Thank you for the very kind and positive comments you made following your recent admission to Tameside Hospital.

Although I may not be able to identify everyone who was involved in your care, I will forward your message to the relevant departments. I am sure they will be very pleased to receive these comments.

I hope you are now feeling much improved.

Philip Dylak

Would you like to help the hospital to improve its services further? We are currently looking for patients and carers to become involved in a development called “Patient Stories”. We want to know more about our services from the point of view of those who received them – what was good, bad, what could be improved, what should be changed. Want to know more about what’s involved?

Please contact Philip Dylak, Director of Nursing at philip.dylak@tgh.nhs.uk

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