Very very good both Sebastian and the hospital. Sebastian is very down to earth with good confidence in his work, at the end of the consultation when he asked if I had any questions there was nothing really to ask as everything was covered. The operation went exceedingly well, Sebastian managed to complete the procedure with limited cutting of muscles. I was walking the next day (evening operation) and could go up and down stairs carefully the next day. His hospital after care was again excellent I can't really thank Sebastian and his team enough as the pain was excruciating before the operation. In fact words can't really describe my gratitude to him. Additionally, the operation and recovery was complicated by a previous spinal injury, but Sebastian was more than confident and was prepared to complete it. Well done Chris
There is an ongoing debate concerning the collaboration of the private sector in the delivery of services by the NHS. As a beneficiary of healthcare in this country, public and private, it must be said; personally, it has been an affirmative experience. My experience: a knee injury was assessed, examined and treated respectively at Western Road Surgery, my GP practice, Queen's Hospital under referral and London Independent Hospital under the CAB option. The list of the persons who sympathetically and competently managed my case is long but Mr Sebastian Dawson-Bowling, who operated on me, warrants special mention. A thorough gentleman; empathetic and communicative notwithstanding the evident demands on his time and, in my opinion, exceptionally compete. The arthroscopy was yesterday and I sit here this morning thinking of an old parable - 'lo! the lame man walks'. One truth seems evident to me: the people on the frontline share an overriding personal characteristic: they recognise that universal healthcare is a societal obligation that defines the profession in the United Kingdom; an immutable underlying raison d'être defining their choice of a profession and their place in society. However, disturbingly, the debate is increasingly featuring narrative with a strident tone, promoting a fault-finding culture and driving institutional mutation, even degradation, to serve increasingly narrow populist views that feed on lack of information, uncertainty, envy and fear. Institutional and political mandates impacting healthcare are evolving and driving change. That is in the nature of things. However, people at large should not allow their understanding to be tainted by vested interest, opportunism and ignorance.