So, one of the main charities that I support is the Papworth Hospital Charity. As the name suggests the charity supports the work of Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Papworth Hospital, let me first tell you a bit about it.
Papworth Hospital is the UK’s leading specialist lung and heart hospital. Over the years it has performed more than 2000 transplants. It provides cardio thoracic specialism for all heart and lung conditions. Some of the hospitals achievements include:
- Performed the first artificial heart valve operation on a patient.
- It was the first hospital in the UK to successfully perform a heart transplant.
- Performed one of the world’s first beating heart transplants.
- Europe’s first successful heart-lung transplant and first in the world for the chronic use of Prostacyclin for the treatment of primary pulmonary hypertension in humans
- World’s first heart, lung and liver transplant.
- The UK’s first Total Artificial Heart patient discharged home.
- Europe’s first successful heart transplant using a none-beating heart.
Although only in my early 30’s I have not only needed to be treated by the specialists at this hospital, but have had to go through cardio thoracic surgery and the recovery also for a lung condition. I’m not going to go into detail, but needless to say I have been a patient of this hospital.
During all my encounters with this hospital, both as an inpatient and an outpatient, every member of staff I have ever encountered here has been amazing. The surgeons are amazing, and unlike surgeons I have come across before in other hospitals, they take the time to understand you and ensure you understand them, the procedure and expected outcome. The nurses are again amazing, very attentive and you can see that their key focus is to make patients as comfortable as possible. The cardio physio’s again are brilliant, understanding of conditions, pains and your limits, supportive and again you can see their passion. The same is said for every single member of staff, radiography staff, night staff, porters, cleaners, cooks and every single person that either works or volunteers there.
I can not thank or praise the staff at this hospital enough. As with many parts of the NHS, funding is always under pressure, which is why I try and do what I can to support this amazing hospital.
Thank you for reading 🙂