Tact&Diplomacy come to mind on a personal note im glad he chose to specialize in neurosurgery otherwise i wouldnt be writing this Post op ward round he asked me something and i remember saying there wasnt much up there to start with the reply was you do know youve just had major brain surgery nurses develop coping strategeies mine being making light of things if id known the day before surgery what i know now i would have been seen running down the M1 in the opposite direction Not wanting the fuss and wasting peoples time ie no im not going to a&e there will be someone needs there attention more than me has backfired & nearly cost me my life the sad part being i finally agreed to go but still insisted no your not phoning an ambulace we will go on the bus Constructive suggestions are impossible i dont have the expertise
Mr Derham and his team made a very stressful time much more bearable with his approachability, compassion and care. My son broke his neck playing rugby, and is now, 7 months later, back to his pre-accident activities. Can not recommend highly enough.
Had decompression surgery Feb 2017, need another op this year, just the way things go . I trust him totally and feel in capable hands . Very approachable , friendly , down to earth man , so laid back he could be changing a washer on a tap !
I Had been suffering from headaches on and off for a number of years and always put it down to a very demanding and high pressure job, redundancy, difficulties in personal life and the general challenges everyone has in life. It was only when I moved to Yorkshire for a new job, the headaches and complete exhaustion were getting worse (I was going to bed at 7pm after a full day in the office , I put it down to the stress of a new job, new location....) Thank goodness for Yorkshire NHS! After 5 sets of inconclusive blood tests my Doctor sent me to see a Thyroid specialist at The Yorkshire Clinic. They quickly organised an MRI scan for 8.15am on the following Monday morning to get a “picture” of what was going on in my head! At 4.30pm the following day I was called at work by a registrar, asking me to bring an overnight bag to Leeds General Infirmary straight away, as they wanted to do some follow up tests to the MRI scan. What followed was the worst night of my life as I was completely unaware that I had a very rare brain tumour growing in my brain, causing hydrocephalus through blocking the drainage of the brain fluid down my spinal cord, which could have caused a seizure or worse, any moment! The amazing skill, care and compassion of Mr Derham and ALL the teams in the Leeds Teaching hospitals is world class. I have been privileged to travel the world on business and there is nowhere I would rather be than in the care of the team at Leeds and Mr Derham.
Mr Derham saw my 13 yr old son with a neck injury at very short notice. He spent a long time with us to discuss the surgery that was needed and operated the next day. He alleviated all the worries that parents have, and the time he spent with us was much appreciated. I have total trust in his skills as a surgeon and he did a fantastic job on my son. We cannot thank him and his colleagues at LGI enough