The moment I was pushed through the front door of St. Mary's the effect was instantaneous. My shoulders detached themselves from my my earlobes and I relaxed for the first time in days - weeks really.
Here I knew I would be safe.
Here I knew I would be listened to and not have to repeat my medical history endlessly to doctor after doctor, nurse after nurse - and then have it forgotten or ignored.
St. Mary's is a shining example of the Hospice movement.
The standard of nursing care is the highest I have ever experienced - but its more than just that. Its the genuine, sincere, kindness and empathy that is all encompassing from every member of the staff and volunteers here. Instantly you feel part of the one big St. Mary's 'family'.
Most of all, for me, I have so appreciated the wonderful sense of humour that flourishes here. I don't think I have laughed so much in ages !! Even the daily ritual of changing my traction is accompanied by much raucous laughter - and as someone who strongly believes it really is the best medicine it helps enormously (along with the gas and air of course!)
I could write all day about how fabulous this place is and name every member of staff for the special qualities they bring to their work every day - but I would just like to say this.....
Thank you St. Mary's.
Thank you on behalf of all of us patients for reminding us the time we spend with you is about LIVING - and enjoying every moment to the full. (And a special thank you to Mandy on nights for the endless cups of coffee she makes me and to Chris whose zany sense of humour keeps me sane at times - just!)
The food is absolutely excellent. Very healthy with plenty of fresh veggies and fruit and has that lovely 'home cooked' quality.
I have been overwhelmed by the kind comments and flowers I have received whilst a patient here - my room looks like Barbara Cartland's boudoir!
St. Mary's is a charitable organisation and relies almost completely on donations or legacies from the public to keep up the wonderful work they do. When I'm fit and well enough I shall be joining in with the fund raising here and if anyone would like to contribute a donation I know it would be put to very good use.