Dedication of NHS staff
I have recently been a patient at Victoria Hospital Blackpool and the Rosemere Cancer Unit at Preston Royal.
In these days of bad publicity about hospitals and the National Health Service I would like to tell you of my experiences.
I will start with Dr Russell at Holland House Surgery, Lytham, who speedily referred me to Mr Linn, colorectal surgeon at Victoria Hospital.
His examination was quickly followed by a colonoscopy, CT and MRI scans and, as a consequence, I was seen by Dr Susnerwala in the oncology department Macmillan Cancer Suite. These specialists and their teams arranged my forward treatment and together with the wonderful colorectal stoma nurses explained everything with great dignity and kindness.
This all at a time when one is feeling very low.
I then had six weeks of radiotherapy at Preston where again I was treated excellently – including free parking and coffee!
Following the treatment I was recalled to Blackpool for more scans.
Mr Linn and his team explained the surgical procedure in detail and this was carried out on June 11 by Mr Linn, Dr Dunkley (anaesthetist) and all the surgical team.
The dedication of the team was exceptional. My care by the nurses and other staff in the High Dependency Unit, and Wards 14 and 15B was most sympathetic, helpful and carried out in a friendly and cheerful manner.
My thoughts on the National Health Service in our area is that we are lucky to have a skilled and highly dedicated service manned by helpful and caring people.
The new entrance, car park and shops at the Vic have made visiting so much easier with a pleasant atmosphere and helpful volunteers and staff always available to advise and direct.
Jack Croysdill typically blames the Government (Your Say, June 26) for ‘fudging the issue’ on booze and gambling. Yet it was complacent Blackpool Council who obstructed and failed to properly consider (and without regard to the EU law, regulations), the highly justifiable case of the police for a socially necessary Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO).
This statute was brought in by the coalition government in 2012, yet Labour councils are politically motivated in rejecting EMROs .
They bury their head in the sand at increasing violent assaults in the town centre and Promenade, and at social deprivation caused by unrestricted and unregulated out of all control boozing and gambling in the resort.
Teenagers and tidiness
In reply to ‘Irate dad teenage girls’ ( Gazette, June 30), I know the feeling.
Back in the early eighties, I had two teenage girls.
The untidiness of their rooms completely exasperated me.
I was a widower then. I did what the irate dad did but I put the bags out for the bin collection.
The girls went absolutely spare, rescued their belongings, and were a lot tidier.
Minister being unfair
Jeremy Hunt’s view that GPs who miss cancers should be named and shamed is unfair, misplaced and unworkable.
It is an extraordinary proposal from a Health Secretary for these reasons.
Firstly, there is no such thing as a cancer, there are dozens of different types of cancer. It is not a single disease.
A foolproof diagnosis is impossible given our present knowledge.
Cancer is nevertheless rare. On average, only two new cases are seen by GPs for every 100 patients on their list.
Secondly, doctors are, like all professionals, human and therefore prone to occasional error.
Diagnosis is not an exact science, and probably never will be.
Thirdly, the data used by Jeremy Hunt to state that the UK is lagging behind much of Europe is seriously flawed, and therefore unreliable.
Fourthly, if doctors referred every case of potential cancer for further investigation by a hospital consultant the NHS system would soon collapse.
Lastly, we should remember that too much investigation can be harmful for a patient.
CT scans, for example, can induce the disease under investigation.
Hence, referrals need to be based on more than a GP’s hunch that something may be wrong. Naming and shaming is a very poor way to improve care and diagnosis.
The majority of GPs do not miss cancer out of incompetence or negligence.
Mr Hunt needs to think again before introducing this grossly unjust suggestion.