Daily Archives: April 5, 2013

Good News Breeds Good News…The Alex Rehab Team Again

This is fantastic. Good news breeds good news!
Thank you Neil.

“I should like to endorse the comments by David Masefield. The rehab team led by Linda Barrett at the Alex are absolutely first class.I myself had a Quadruple bypass operation at the QE in August 2008 followed by rehab classes at the Alex, I was feeling pretty useless after the operation but Linda & her team would have none of that and within a few weeks I had a new zest for life.
My wife had a heart attack in May 2011 she too was assigned to the Alex rehab team, who got her going again. She is now awaiting heart bypass surgery at Wallsgrave hospital Coventry, she knows what to expect from the cardiac rehab team and holds no fears.
We are both eternally grateful to them at the Alex,and I have no doubt we will be seeing them soon after my wife’s heart bypass”

My guess is that the Rehab Team are happy about all this- and rightly so. But we can all share in this as one Trust and one Community.

Fantastic Alex Rehab Team Strikes Again!!

Graham Masefield posted a comment praising the Alex Rehab Team. Again it is worthy of a whole post of its own.

Graham writes:

“I also had the benefit of attending Redditch Alex Hospital Rehabilitation unit pursuant to heart surgery at Coventry Hospital, which followed a stay in Worcester Royal. The care and assitance offered by the Rehab Unit was fantastic and the help/guidance provided by Linda Barret, specialist cardiologist nurse, was superb. I am a very positive person, but needed supportive direction and professional help to comprehend how I wished to make my way forward. Following further surgery I have now moved-on and have the prospect of a good life, but only because of the care and assistance provided by Linda Barrett and the Rehab Unit. This is a view shared by my wife who saw my progression at this critical time.”

These are the voices which never get heard in the headlines. About time they did.
Well done Linda Barrett for making a difference: “We can do no great things; only small things with great love.” (Mother Teresa)

But most of all: THANK YOU Graham for taking time to share your good news. We wish you well in the future

We all know that bad news sells papers… but its not really a free press is it ?

Think of the last headlines you have seen for Wocestershire Hospitals.

To go by those you would think that our hospitals were on the verge of collapse; patients are being left in thier own excrement; nurses are just sitting at the desk on their computers, etc, etc, etc.

But nothing could be further from the truth!

So why is our experience of our local hospitals so different to that portrayed in the local papers?

Now I would defend to the death a free press (I am a lefty liberal after all) but it’s not really free, is it, if it is driven by market forces.
Of course the media have a duty to shine a spotlight on a world in which cover ups galore… but what about the good news. It get’s lost.

And so our job is to be the part the free press which is not free. To redress the balance. To put the good news on the front page. And even if only one or two read it, it’s here for all to see, with no market forces acting upon it.

Oh and it relies on you and I. The voices which really matter. The community who have an investment in our local hospitals.

So let’s redress the balance. End of sermon!