A PENSIONER has paid heartfelt thanks to the hospital staff who saved his life - John Boardman was close to death when he was rushed in to Wigan Infirmary with pneumonia in both lungs.
Recuperating at home in Ince, he said: “I just want to show my immense gratitude to all of the doctors and nurses at Wigan Infirmary because they saved my life. I especially want to thank the nurses on Ince Ward where I spent a few days recovering - they were absolutely fantastic.
“Even if I’d been a millionaire they still couldn’t have done more for me, the treatment I received was brilliant.
“My partner, Margaret Bannister, was in Australia at the time and if it wasn’t for the doctors fast thinking and expertise I really don’t think I would have ever seen her again.”
John was taken to hospital with what he knew was more than a nasty sore throat.
He said: “I was watching football with my friend on the TV and I just felt different, I knew there was something wrong.
“I asked him to take me to hospital straight away and within 10 minutes of me being in the accident and emergency department I was rushed straight through and wired up.
“I was surprised as you always hear reports from people about long waiting times but they were so quick and efficient. I was so grateful. Everybody said that I’m lucky to be alive.”
And John even made a new friend during his stay. He added that he still keeps in touch with the man who was in the bed next to him.
Ince Ward manager Barbara Pete said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Boardman for his kind words. It is always very much appreciated when patients and relatives take time to let us know about the quality of care they have received.
“I will ensure that Mr Boardman’s comments are shared with those who were involved in his care. Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS FT work hard to put our patients at the heart of everything we do.”
Pauline Jones, director of nursing, said: “It is very heart-warming to hear Mr Boardman’s comments. Our staff take great pride in the improvements we have achieved in quality of care for our patients.
“Each month we measure our patient feedback using a real time patient survey and we have scored highly for the last two quarters.
“We will continue to make further improvements in the future as we strive for our trust to be in the top 10 per cent nationally in all we do.”