Letters - February 24, 2011

Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Blackpool Victoria Hospital

WITH regard to the story MP had real heart for campaigning (Gazette February 14).

While I applaud Mark Menzies for bringing post-event care for patients with coronary heart disease to our attention, he gives the wrong impression to the people of the Fylde, who may be in need of this type of care in the future.

I am extremely disappointed he didn’t mention the excellent cardiac rehabilitation programme we have in the Fylde. After heart surgery at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, the after-care I have received, from my excellent surgeon, Mr Millner and his team, and the group of dedicated cardiac nurses and physiotherapists providing cardiac rehabilitation, has been wonderful.

Not only is there advice on fitness, diet and lifestyle, but most importantly, knowing that other patients have the same worries as you.

So anyone needing post-event care in our area can rest assured, you will be cared for by professionals, who are only a phone call away, should you need medical advice, or plain reassurance.

JOAN HOLDEN

Knott End

n I RECENTLY spent some time in ward 23 at Victoria Hospital.

From being picked up by ambulance and brought home 11 days later, I have nothing but praise for all the people who helped me. From the volunteers, cleaners, through to consultants, the care and treatment I received was superb.

MR R BUNTIN

Garton Avenue

Blackpool

BLACKPOOL Council has in excess of 7,000 employees, whereas Manchester, a major city, only has 10,000. I suggest it is massively overstaffed.

I do not suggest there are too many grass-root workers on the council, probably too few.

There are too many overpaid managers.

Oh, and reduce their obscene levels of pay to a more modest level.

Some of the top councillors could follow suit.

Another big revenue saver would be to remove all the free car parking for council officers, which is a burden on the taxpayer.

Also, let them pay to park conveniently in town like the rest of us who work here.

They could always use, and pay for, the public transport to work, again like the rest of us have to.

A double revenue boost, and if not, some degree of parity between us and them perhaps.

(Name and address supplied)

ON the afternoon of Thursday, January 27, my 96-year-old mum was shopping in Cleveleys on Victoria Road, when she was knocked to the ground and her bag was taken.

Shoppers very kindly helped my mum, and the staff/owners of the Cafe Continental were quick to provide her with somewhere to rest and a hot sweet drink.

She was looked after there until the police took her home.

She was not injured, but shaken. The police called at my mum’s house to ensure she was all right and to hope the incident would not deter her from going out.

I would like to express my family’s sincere thanks to everyone for the kind and courteous attention they gave to my mum.

It is good to know there are still so many warm and generous people who are willing to help in these circumstances.

JEANNE ANDREW

Woodland Grove

Blackpool

I RECENTLY spent some time in ward 23 at Victoria Hospital.

From being picked up by ambulance and brought home 11 days later, I have nothing but praise for all the people who helped me. From the volunteers, cleaners, through to consultants, the care and treatment I received was superb.

MR R BUNTIN

Garton Avenue

Blackpool