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King's Lynn Queen Elizabeth Hospital – 'I have nothing but the utmost praise', Lynn News letter

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Something which can also be said of our education system.

But it infuriates me to hear people carping in the media, and indeed in hospital waiting rooms, about the NHS.

I’m 73, and have attended various clinics at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, and have never had anything but the utmost praise for a hospital which is in special measures, according the officialdom.

The main entrance to Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital (29108793)
The main entrance to Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital (29108793)

More to the point, I am just home from an AAA repair at Addenbrooke’s. AAA is an Abdominal Aortal Aneurism, and the repair involves clamping and opening the aorta and sewing in what is essentially a puncture repair kit. In other words, a major, dangerous operation, but also a life saver.

Addenbrooke’s is a wonderful, excellently equipped hospital, and I was surprised how easy it was for me. This was due to the NHS’ most valuable asset- people. For the consultant who did the procedure, the other theatre staff, to the doctors on the wards, right through cleaners, maintenance staff and porters, I have nothing but praise and gratitude, but more than all, to the nurses on the wards who work round the clock to care for us and make life as pleasant as possible in not very pleasant circumstances, putting up with a smile with people like me who turn into unreasonable, grumpy old men when the pain and discomfort overtake our reason. I have never met such a group of dedicated, devoted, caring, loving people in my life.

Thank you, one and all.

Pete Widdows,


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