Praise heaped on hospital staff

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An 85-year-old Lisburn woman who broke her pelvis in a recent fall has poured praise on staff at Lisburn’s Lagan Valley Hospital, where the care she received, she said, was “second to none.”

Pearl Swain of Ballynahinch Road spent two weeks in the Lagan Valley after her fall, which came hot on the heels of her husband’s return home from his own 11-week stay in hospital. Now on the mend and determined to regain her independence, after first being admitted to Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital and later the LVH, Pearl couldn’t speak highly enough of staff on the Lagan Valley’s Ward 14.

“I just feel that so many people complain so it’s only right to let them know you appreciate them,” she said. “They were so very good to me.

“They were absolutely marvellous, Dr Ryan and every member of staff on that ward.

“The care I received was second to none.”

Bucking a historic trend for panning hospital food, Pearl was again full of praise.

“Aspecial thank-you goes to the chef and to the kitchen staff,” she said. “The food there was as good as you would get in any restaurant.”