Royal treatment has been nothing like Don's story
SINCE moving to Derby in 1969 after serving 24 years in the RAF, I have been aware of various amusing outbursts from Mr Don Shaw and put it down to his day job of writing stories, quite good ones at times.
However, I cannot let him get away with his latest letter to the Derby Telegraph ("Evidence of ageism in society in hospital stay", February 1). He did admit it was based on being a day patient in the old DRI, so some time has perhaps elapsed since then.
Please allow me to update his experience and put this myth to rest. I've spent almost the whole of this new year in the cancer ward of Royal Derby Hospital and face a further 15 weeks of treatment, even if things go well. I shall be 84 in June so, having shown my credentials, let me tell you how it really is.
In my small ward, the two men opposite me were a bit older, very frail and very demanding in their illness but were cared for night and day in a most compassionate way, every request being responded to in a cheerful and willing way by grossly overworked nurses, sisters and doctors.
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Even cleaners, the providers of our meals and ancillary staff all went the extra mile to make our lives bearable at a rather low point in our existence.
I take Don's point on the apparent noisy and irreverent attitude of some nurses but, hey, just think what these young folk cope with every day in their working lives – emptying bed pans is probably one of their more pleasant tasks!
I hope, Don, you will find some way of verifying all I've said – without doing it the hard way – and perhaps give a little hope to some elderly person about to enter our wonderful new hospital.