West Ashling mum praises NHS staff after accident

Carole Dowling, West Ashling SUS-151217-121719001
Carole Dowling, West Ashling SUS-151217-121719001

A mother has praised ‘marvellous’ staff at St Richard’s Hospital who treated her following a bad accident.

It looks set to be a very different Christmas for Carole Dowling, 65, of Ratham Lane, West Ashling, who badly injured her leg in October 2014.

Carole Dowling, West Ashling SUS-151217-121708001

Carole Dowling, West Ashling SUS-151217-121708001

But after looking back at her time in the Chichester hospital, Carole has thanked the ‘kind staff’ who treated her.

“Words can never express my deep gratitude, to the people in the NHS, whose amazing treatment and nursing helped me to recover,” she said.

“We hear so much about the NHS, yes they are short-staffed and need more money.

“That didn’t deter sister Irene at St Richard’s A&E. This lovely person stayed four hours over her shift for me to put on a temporary plaster, because it was too late for the plaster unit to do it.”

Carole was in hospital for two months – six weeks in St Richard’s and two weeks at St Peter’s in Chertsey.

She had been getting ready for her daughter to come home from Germany, but fell through a chair she was standing on, seriously injuring her leg.

“The cover came off just as I was putting the last thing away. As I came down my leg went through the cover.”

“The people were just so lovely.

“In the nicest way I hope I never see them again but at the same time I know I’ll never forget them.”

After a ‘year of pain’, Carole is now on the mend and can nearly walk perfectly.

As well as staff at the hospital, she thanked her partner about 12 years.

“He was amazing,” Carole added. “He never failed to be there for me.”

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