In late August my husband Harry was diagnosed with bowel cancer, once we had absorbed the shock of this news we went on to see a colorectal surgeon. We were so distressed at this appointment we sought a second opinion. We looked to Dr John Painter Consultant Gastroenterologist, Cancer Support specialist nurse Susan Rodda and our own GP Dr Keith Birrell for advice. An appointment with Mr Graham O'Dair was obtained; he did also see a Consultant Anaesthetist. Mr O'Dair was amazing he came into the room pulled his chair alongside Harry and explained in detail all that was involved ('perhaps I should mention that as the result of a road traffic accident 21 years ago he suffered a stroke') Harry was able to decide that surgery with Mr O'Dair was the correct route for him. Days later he was operated on and was able to return home three days after surgery. Mr O'Dair visited Harry on the ward several times and kept me up to date with his ongoing progress, the care, courtesy and respect from everyone mentioned above has been remarkable and of the highest standard. Harry continues to make excellent progress his cancer was caught at stage one, he does not require further treatment and will continue with three monthly visits to Mr O'Dair. Words cannot express our gratitude for this kind, caring and skilled man 'our hero' Mr Graham O'Dair.
My husband was in the care of Mr Graham O'Dair from March 2010 for over 5 years. Throughout his treatment Mr O'Dair was wonderful. The cancer was not straightforward but from the outset we had total trust in Mr O'Dair. He was kind, caring, honest, respectful and professional visiting his patients even on his day off which was much appreciated. He shared our joy as my husband improved and understood our feeling throughout the time of the follow up care. His letters after a consultation were always short and to the point. All a patient wants to see is what he wrote which was, thankfully, 'reassuringly normal.' On opening the letter we could easily scan to see those words then read the letter properly. He just seemed to know what was right at every stage. Our final letter said he wished us well and we sent the same good wishes back to him. We feel very fortunate to have had such an excellent surgeon. In the years since we have become granparents, six years ago it seemed that would be a stage in life which my husband Tony would not be here to enjoy. Thanks again Mr O'Dair
Great guy, knows his shit. Puts his repurtation on the line when he knows he is right and doesn't let pandering to authority get in his way....a guy you want in the trenches with you. Skilled and ethical.