Thankful for the NHS

NHSThe NHS is going through a tough time at the moment. They are greatly underfunded and the conditions that some of the doctors and nurses are currently working in are getting harder each day. Furthermore, I personally find it hard to understand how the NHS is underfunded when our Prime Minister can pull 1 Billion out of a bag, just like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat and give it to the Northern Irish DUP party. A discussion for another day I am sure.

The NHS was born on the 5th July 1948 bringing doctors, nurses, pharmacists etc together under one roof and making treatment free at the point of entry. God bless Mr Aneurin Bevan the main man helping to set it all up.

Would I be here today without the NHS? I am certainly not sure but owe a bucket load of gratitude to all of the Nurses, Doctors, Surgeons and Consultants that have been with me during my journey. Not all of our experiences of the NHS are the same or as we would like at times, but that can be said in any industry and profession. On the whole, the NHS does an extremely good job.

The NHS has on many occasions been described as innovators in the world of medicine and care, as well as being the envy of the world.

If you have a long-term illness, the NHS will be with you every step of the way and if you have a minor illness, they will fix you up and send you home better than how you entered the hospital. Nothing fazes the NHS and, we are lucky to have a service that is helping to get us through our individual struggles. I am and will be forever grateful.

Before my transplant, I, of course, respected everyone in the NHS, but after the transplant, I think about the NHS so much more. Wow, you did that for me? You saved my life and enabled me to live many more years with my family. That is huge.

During my time in the hospital, the people that are often overlooked such as the porters, cleaners and Healthcare assistants also made my stay feel as though I was on a long holiday with five star hotel service. It was sometimes the small gestures that made my day for example, extra cups of tea and a snack in the middle of the night. Always smiling, nothing was any trouble and even though many were working 12-hour shifts, they made me feel like I could conquer the world.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Stay strong, stay positive and thanks for reading.

Peace, Love and Light x

  1. So true Matt. I will be eternally grateful for the staff and care I have received at Kings and some of the local hospitals too both pre, during & do so far post-transplant.
    I am in no doubt that if we did not have the NHS and I say lived in the USA I wouldn’t have been able to afford a transplant, the aftercare & drugs or in a poorer country access to the medical skills required. I consider myself very blessed.
    I agree the porters, cleaners, caterers alongside medical staff all helped me on my journey & brightened my day. I only wish I could do far more than just say thank you or buy them a gift to share. They deserve so much more.

    • Hi Jenny,

      Thanks for the message.

      We are so lucky to have the NHS which, I tell myself very often after how they got me back on my feet. I also agree that it would be very difficult to afford the cost of a transplant and then where would we be. Doesn’t bear thinking about.

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