Mr Irshad Shaikh
3rd April 2019
I was referred to Mr Shaikh by my local hospital to perform surgery for anal cancer. From my first consultation with him he demonstrated great empathy for my situation, without patronising me. He fully explained the very complex procedure along with all the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’. He described realistic expectations in an honest, but gentle manner.
He showed respect for me as a patient and answered all questions fully, without making me feel that I was asking silly questions. He kept me fully informed of the treatment I could expect, even phoning me a couple of days before my planned op date to update me on information he had received from colleagues.
My operation was totally successful I am delighted to say.
Whilst on the ward, Mr Shaikh and the surgical team continued to treat me with respect, informing me of my condition and outcomes in an honest, professional but friendly manner. The whole experience was totally patient centred.
At a follow up appointment some weeks after discharge Mr Shaikh was encouraging and motivational about my good recovery, which, no doubt, aided my recovery further.
I extend this positive review and sincere thanks to the whole of the colorectal surgical team and nurses that supported me on Dilham ward and HDU during my stay at NNUH.