Letters: 05/11/13

Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
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This week’s letters.

Health care

I would like to add my name to the growing list of local people giving voice to their praise for front-line medical staff of our own over-stretched NHS hospital.

Earlier this year, my father attended the RLI for a routine knee replacement operation. Despite having been declared fit to go ahead, and having come round from successful surgery, unfortunately his body subsequently went into shut-down, with heart and renal failure.

He was cared for in the Intensive Care Unit for a number of days by a staff that was ever-present, many working a horrendous schedule of shifts, but with patient care always of paramount priority.

Luckily, they brought my father round, but he went on to spend six weeks on the busy orthopaedic ward, where many staff often worked without breaks, on relentlessly-long shifts, and yet somehow maintaining impressive levels of care, humour and consideration of the varied needs of their wide-ranging patients. Nothing was too much, nor too menial a task – as we witnessed ward sisters cleaning down beds and nursing staff who never seemed to go home.

We are similarly impressed by the amazing care my mother has been receiving from dedicated staff in haematology/oncology and the day hospital, where she attends weekly for platelet transfusions.

The consultant, Dr Htwe, is an extraordinary member of the medical profession; she monitors her patients with absolute keenness, follows up tests with a probing eye to detail, and has been a positive factor in the on-going treatment my mother receives.

We should also not omit mention of the wonderful nurses at the day hospital, who spend their time gently coercing needles into patients in order to give them transfusions; in my mother’s case, after a lifetime phobia of needles and difficulty with ‘wobbly veins’ their unstinting kind approach and gentleness ensure she no longer dreads her visits to them, but looks on her Monday appointment as a day out amongst caring, friendly human beings.

And here, I suppose, I come to the crux of it all: the vast majority of our NHS staff, both local and on a national level, are incredibly hard-working, carrying out their jobs with professionalism and care; from auxiliary staff through the ranks to our nursing staff, doctors and consultants – all striving to provide the services and care they trained for, and which we rightly feel we are entitled to, under difficult conditions in terms of cutbacks.

It is decidedly frustrating to know that throughout our NHS there are still top-level managers and executives being handed out mind-blowing salaries and pay-offs, still believing they are right to demand such financial recompense, whilst many are still avoiding reprimand for mis-management, wasting public money and bare-faced cover-ups.

Since when has our NHS been theirs to treat in such a cavalier way? The vast majority of hard-working, tax-paying citizens have paid for the NHS – it is undoubtedly ours. We are indebted to all those who work at the chalk face, but it might help the recovery of the NHS if they had to deal with a fair few of the top brass who have sustained injury by falling on their swords.

With most grateful thanks this year to consultant Mr Maguire and his team, and all the amazing staff on Ward 36. Also to Dr Htwe and her dedicated team and the lovely ladies keeping the blood flowing in the Day Hospital.

Susan Graves (and on behalf of Peter and Sylvia Ward)

Brook Street


Watch out for trickster

I received a letter through the post on Saturday November 2, 2013.

The writer claimed that they worked for a deceased relative of mine in China as a private investment banker and that there was some inheritance to claim before ‘the government took it’.

This person also advised I do not tell anybody about the letter etc.

I knew straight away this was a fraud letter and subsequently reported it to the action fraud helpline (0300 123 2040) who have taken the details and they will pass onto the police.

The idea behind the letter is that the sender hopes that the person receiving it will respond and then they try and say you need to pay fees upfront in order to claim the inheritance etc.

I am concerned that somebody who is perhaps ‘vulnerable’, or ‘naive’ and/or desperate for money may believe this letter to be true and fall prey to the scam.

Therefore, I felt it was my duty to alert you immediately with the hope that you would print something to warn your readers so that they can also report it to Action Fraud.

Anne Garwood

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Youngsters just playing

My name is Janet Ord and I wrote a letter which appeared in The Visitor about the field on Acre Moss Lane. I was glad to see your article in The Visitor about the field and that other residents are concerned about the field being closed.

I am puzzled about Coun Janice Hanson’s comments about the field needing monitoring as the community centre is now closed. The field has been there for a long time, a long time before the community centre was built at the back of it. Who monitored it before that? It was always my understanding that this land was left to the council for the sole purpose of ‘children being able to play’ on it.

It is also my understanding that the community centre was allowed to be built because it was for the community.

I have lived near the field for over 25 years and have never heard of any anti social behaviour.

There are two sets of boys/youths who I know use the field regularly for playing football and these boys even bring their own goalposts with them.

I have been on the field with my five-year-old grandson when the boys are playing football and have never heard so much as a word of bad language from any of them. The boys only want to play football.

These boys do not deserve to be prevented from playing football or any other sport they want to play on the field.

There are too many stories in the papers today about the behaviour of young people and child obesity, and now these kids are being prevented from playing sport and keeping off the streets.

Believe me, I’d rather know my son was at the field playing football than out causing trouble.

Janet Ord

Windsor Grove


Jobs are at stake

Delays to the start of work on M6 Link caused by TSLM have come too late for 500 steel workers from Scunthorpe, Workington and Teesside who have been declared redundant.

The cause is lack of demand.

There are at least six steel bridges/flyovers on the M6 Heysham plan going a-begging. Clearly of no concern to TSLM.

So that makes it alright then.

Ian R White

Webster Grove

acre moss

Official is needed

I saw the article in TheVisitor dated October 22 which says that the councillor wants someone to keep their eye on the field on Acre Moss Lane.

Well could you put it to the said councillor there is someone living in the Youth and Community Centre.

I think it is the caretaker of the place. Could he not keep an eye on the field for them?

If it was a member of the public, they would have no legal authority to say anything to anyone, plus the police would not be able to back them up.

Janet Dalby

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