"Excellent experience of Stafford Hospital over the last 2 years"

About: Stafford Hospital / Accident and emergency Stafford Hospital / Cardiology Stafford Hospital / Diabetic medicine

(as the patient),

Over the last 2 years I have experienced care, efficiency and medical excellence both for my mum and myself. My mum collapsed at home and was taken by the paramedics straight to A&E and then eventually to a cardiac ward. The staff were amazing and medically she was offered a pacemaker which halted her death. Age was no barrier. A few weeks later she passed away in her home and at peace.

Just over 12 months ago I passed out in the street as a result of a diabetic hypoglycaemic attack. Again I was treated professionally and with care. The work of the occupational therapists was so helpful and now I have full movement of my right wrist and are despite such a bad fracture. As a diabetic I have been given first class attention from Dr Philip Coates and am now on a waiting list for an islet transplant in Oxford Hospital.

PLEASE give us back our 24 hour A&E. We need you!!

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Response from Associate Director of Patient Experience, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust We are preparing to make a change

Thank you for taking time to provide us with your feedback. I am pleased to hear that you had an excellent experience when using our services.

The decision to temporarily close A&E Department at Stafford Hospital from Thursday 1st December was taken because we do not think we can continue to provide a safe service 24/7. This will be a temporary closure while we recruit essential staff to work in this department.