STAFF at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield threw a 100th birthday party for centenarian Frank Stevenson, just days after he underwent major heart surgery.
The retired barber had primary angioplasty - the same operation as 90-year-old Prince Philip - then opened his congratulatory letter from the Queen at the hospital’s specialist cardiology centre, where he is recovering.
He said: “Getting old can be both happy and sad but my advice is to always be nice to people and you will get the most out of life. I was surprised to receive my letter and card from the Queen while in hospital, but it was lovely. I have been treated with great care in hospital and the nurses are wonderful.”
The party was organised by nurses from the unit’s day room where Frank, who is from Chesterfield, happily told stories to fellow patients.
The 100-year-old underwent his op on March 10.
Surgeons used a tube to unblock his coronary arteries and then installed a number of small metal stents to keep them open.
Stephen Campbell, consultant cardiologist and clinical director for cardiac services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said he was pleased the service had saved Frank’s life and allowed him to reach his century.
He said: “We are delighted Frank enjoyed his 100th birthday. This is a tremendous example of how important the first-class service at the Northern General Hospital is.
“It is a tribute to the exemplary teamwork of all involved in the programme - all of whom are on call 24 hours a day.”