Proud of the NHS


Llandough hospital in the snow

Today has been a stressful yet wonderful day.

My amazing 84 year old mother has had a major operation at University Hospital Llandough at Penarth, just outside Cardiff. It followed months of health worries – with my 86 year old father bearing the brunt of the worry.

We were concerned that today’s snowfall would lead to the operation being cancelled – but Cardiff & the Vale University Hospital Board and its staff did a magnificent job keeping things going.

Mum will spend a long time recovering from today’s operation. But we’re so glad to see her tonight sleeping peacefully on the ward.

Dad and I thoroughly enjoyed a pint of HB tonight at Penarth Yacht Club, followed by dinner washed down by a fine bottle of Rioja. Dad even reminisced about his 1930s childhood, in particular how deadly dull Easter Sunday was. He also remembered how his father listened to the football pools news on Saturdays on Radio Luxembourg – once winning £70! A lot of money before the war.

9 thoughts on “Proud of the NHS

  1. It’s so refreshing to read this. So many people just complain about the NHS but no one never takes the time to write about the dedication of staff.

    Wishing a speedy recovery to your mum.

  2. Be vigilant though, NHS staff sometimes need the patient’s family to keep them focused, possibly as a consequence of stretched resources.

    Very best wishes to your mum and dad.

  3. Pingback: The 96 year old failed by Cardiff & Vale NHS health board | Ertblog

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