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Cataract patient’s renewed sight allows her to read again

Posted on November 14, 2019

On Thursday 12th of September 2019, Mrs Betty Thompson was taken by her son to the Day Case Unit at Loughborough Hospital for a cataract procedure having attending a week prior for a pre-assessment appointment.

Betty, 75, is living with cancer and is extremely hard of hearing. Since she can no longer venture outside on her own, her real pleasure was to read and watch the television before her eyesight deteriorated so badly she had so stop doing the things she loved.

Betty’s eyesight deteriorated quite quickly due to cataracts which developed in both eyes.

Graham, Betty’s son, tells us how one day made a world of difference to his mother, which means she can now see properly again in the final years of her life and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

“My mother spends a lot of time indoors because she is so poorly and loves nothing more than to read a book or watch her favourite programmes – sadly her failing eyesight meant that she couldn’t take pleasure from this anymore – that’s until we visited the Loughborough Day Case Unit for my mother’s cataract appointment.

“The young lady on reception greeted us with a warm smile and instantly put us both at ease. 

“The sister on shift was absolutely wonderful to my mother, pitching her approach just right to her. Mum is considerably deaf and nothing was too much trouble for Sister Hands. She is exactly the type of person you want to see when you have to go into hospital. In fact everyone was so compassionate and kind.

“Everyone explained to us what would be happening next so clearly, from the kind receptionist, to the student nurse to the doctor and surgeon who carried out my mother’s procedure – putting her at ease and making her laugh, something that she hasn’t done in a long time.

“On the day we also met Manu, a volunteer worker who supplied us with several cups of tea during the day. Such a friendly man and was a real asset to the team.

“My mother’s procedure went very smoothly and it is absolute bliss that she has her sight back and she can enjoy the time she has left with her beloved books.

“We see today much criticism of the NHS which makes me very angry. Having worked as a public servant all my life I understand the stress and physical and mental strains on all the staff, and they should all be applauded for the fantastic work they do.

“My mother received an exceptional level of care – we couldn’t have wished for better care from Loughborough Hospital. Thank you.”

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