"Nurses worth their weight in gold"

About: St Mary's Hospital (Newport)

What I liked

You have cancer !

That is all you hear when they tell you and it echoes through your mind every minute of every day till your life stops or the amazing people in the nhs do all they can for you physically and mentally aiding you back to health. I had colorectal cancer, had the best word ever or should I say survived thanks to the doctors and nurses at St Mary's hospital on the Isle of Wight. My journey has taken about 2 years and I now feel that I can share my experiences the good and bad. I have spent 2 years having different operations as my first surgery was not straight forward and have been back and forth with complications and corrections, spending most of mine and my famliys time on St Helen's ward. I can say I spent the lowest days of my life their on that ward but their dedication to myself and my famliy was amazing and I can not thank them enough. The little touches that made life for my famliy and I bearable and helped our family together through the toughest times. I watched staff struggle daily and were busy but nothing was ever to much trouble from the lovley ward sisters to cleaning staff. I now pop back if I require a blood test or someting and the staff greet me as an old friend always welcoming and happy I am doing so well.

What could be improved

The toughest part for me is that it was so hard to get information from the people with your life in their hands the consultant, a stark contrast from the warm friendly will try and do anything they can for you nurses. I have rarely met the man that had his hands on my soul and my insides, and on the odd occasion I did he would be dismissive and monosyllabic. This does not help a patient that is to weak to get out of bed, lines everywhere and a bag of mush inside.

Anything else?

If it wasn't for the gaggle of positive nurses willing me every day I do not think I would be here now. I would like to thank them from the bottom of mine and my family's heart as you will all be forever etched their.

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