Sheffield teacher praises hospital care after sudden cardiac arrest

A former Sheffield teacher has praised the NHS after he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest after a walking holiday.
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Les Taylor, aged 67, who previously worked at Bradfield School, has spoken about the care he received at Northern General Hospital.

Les had been on a walking holiday with friends in the Yorkshire Dales when he went into cardiac arrest in the car on the way home. He was taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield which is the specialist centre for cardiac conditions.

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Although Les had little recollection of the incident, he said, “I hadn’t had any previous health issues prior to the incident and was actually walking up Pen-y-Ghent Mountain that morning, so it was definitely a shock to end up in hospital.”

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On arrival at the hospital he was given an emergency Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI).

“I’d never had any treatments before so this was my first experience in a hospital and I was very impressed.

“Throughout my time I was able to learn so much about the hospital, meeting the staff and learning who they were and what they do.

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“From the nurses and doctors, who were so professional and exactly what you would want them to be like, to the ladies who turned up every day to turn the bed over. I just remember how cheerful they were and thinking isn’t it great to have these lovely people around being so kind and considerate.

“I especially appreciated how everyone greeted me. Being greeted with, ‘Hello my name is Jayne, I am your Nurse and I am looking after you today’, is so important.”

Les had a second PCI before being discharged almost three weeks later.

“Although I don’t remember too much about my time in hospital, I do remember how brilliant everyone was.

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“Every single person had their own part to play and I cannot speak highly enough of the standard of care I received.”

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