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Written by a patient
12th January 2021


I was admitted to Royal Preston hospital in August 2020 suffering with a brain aneurism and was treated by Dr.Allelade and his team ,although I have no recollection of this, I am relaying what my husband and two daughters have told me. Dr. Allelade rang my family before the surgery and explained that it was a difficult operation ,to treat, as the location of the aneurism was in an awkward location to treat. He told them ,that as soon as he had performed the operation that he would ring them up to tell them how it had gone. Which after several hours in surgery, he did. He told them he had done his best and that I had responded well, but also not to build up their hopes as the next two weeks were critical. My family and I were grateful for his honesty. Shortly after my operation I went back down to theatre to have a drain inserted to stop the build up of fluid which was a success. I was admitted on to ward 2A. During my stay in hospital I was visited every day by the doctors ,including Dr. Allelade to monitor my recovery. From what I can recall, he showed concern and compassion and answered my questions truthfully and professionally. Any queries myself or my family raised with him, mainly my family as I wasn't fully aware of the medical implications at this point. Everyone says I am very lucky to have come out of this as well as I have. Yes I agree I was lucky. Lucky that Dr. Allelade was on duty that day to save my life. And lucky that he has the great skills to do so. I'm lucky that he was so good to my family, discussing their concerns over the phone, at a time when he must have been so busy and showing kindness to myself as well as my family. Now to the care I received on ward 2A. After surgery I was admitted on to the ward. I can honestly say i was well looked after, the staff were helpful, friendly and caring. Any question or concern which i raised regarding my treatment was answered as honestly as possible. The nurses went above and beyond their duties for the patients, even when due to a water infection which caused confusion and not being very nice,I was still treat with understanding and compassion. I don't think I have apologised until now. By all accounts it lasted about two weeks. I must have been a nightmare for them.(I was a moaning old bag before the aneurism). I must admit I felt very safe and well looked after on ward 2 A and would like to thank all the staff on ward 2A ,Dr.Allelade and the theatre staff for the excellent care I received. On being discharged from the hospital after 5 weeks, I was given the telephone number to contact the specialist nurses , Charlene and Ruth to discuss any concerns that I had once I got home. I have rang them several times and they were very helpful and reassured me that what I was experiencing was absolutely normal following this type of surgery. Their support was invaluable. So a big thanks to them. What a team Val Holden

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