Anne Phillips has been a patient at Altrincham Hospital for five years now and is currently being treated on the Renal Dialysis Unit. She was referred to the hospital when, following a teeth abstraction procedure, the anesthetist informed Anne of her high blood pressure. She was referred to her GP, for her blood pressure as well as feeling tried and was later diagnosed with Amyloidosis, a rare illness which occurs when normal proteins in the body become misshapen and clump up, and has been on dialysis ever since.
As a regular outpatient, Anne visits the hospital three times a week for treatment on the unit and was kind enough to share her story and what the hospital means to her.
During her time on the unit, Anne has gotten to know the hospital teams very well and described the staff and nurses as being like friends. “All of the staff on the unit are so friendly and chatty and work so hard to ensure all of the patients are happy and well. And they do all of this with a smile on their face.”
Having to spend the festive period in hospital can be a difficult time for many of our patients and their families but Anne told us her experiences of being on the unit during this time has been nothing short of festive and joyful, thanks to the wonderful staff. “They all do their best to make the patient areas as festive as possible for all of us on dialysis over the Christmas period. All of the other patients are so friendly, it doesn’t feel like a sad time at all.”
This Christmas, Anne is looking forward to spending time with her family and being able to spend another happy Christmas with her loved ones, thanks to the care she has received from our wonderful NHS teams. This year, she is celebrating another happy and healthy year on dialysis and is extremely grateful for the care she has received at the hospital, without which, she wouldn’t be here today. “From the cleaners to the healthcare assistants, the people that make the tea to the nurses and the reception team, every one of them is so wonderful at what they do in ensuring the best of care for each and every patient. I can’t thank them enough for everything they do and for the wonderful treatment I have received while I have been a patient on the unit. I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for them.”
Anne’s experience and feelings of gratitude for our wonderful hospital teams are shared by many of our supporters. Thanks to their specialist care and treatment, so many of our patients are able to celebrate this Christmas with their loved ones.
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