Dear Editor,I have just been discharged from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
While in the hospital I saw the headlines in the November 10 edition of the Birmingham Post concerning anger directed towards the NHS.
I would like to give another perspective. When I was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with severe sepsis I was extremely sick.
The staff in the emergency department were excellent and started treatment very promptly. They saved my life.
Then as I went to the ward I continued to get first class care. Dozens of people helped me and everyone including the cleaners, catering staff, porters, radiographers, nurses, and doctors were very professional and caring.
The media often portrays how the NHS is failing. Well as far as I am concerned my experience of it was wonderful.
I have lived in other countries and the care in England is far better. Nothing in life is perfect which involves people as we can all make mistakes. Also the demands on the NHS are increasing with an aging population and a limited purse so it is obvious that rationing in certain areas is needed. However, from my experience when my life was at risk and afterwards I received the very best care.
Thank you to the staff of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. You should be proud of the high quality work you perform and the loving care you give to your patients. Keep it up.
A very grateful patient.