The Magnificent NHS

Deaks

Deaks

DEAKS takes you through his life's adventures, from leaving Rainsford Grammar School for the 'Advanced of Learning' to the present day, growing old disgracefully without shame or regret.
Deaks

Deaks

DEAKS takes you through his life's adventures, from leaving Rainsford Grammar School for the 'Advanced of Learning' to the present day, growing old disgracefully without shame or regret.


I’ve spent more time than I would’ve liked at Broomfield Hospital of late. 

Firstly my mum had a fall and broke her pelvis for a second time.  The perils of being 91 years old and still thinking you can do what you did at 21 years old, on selected days of the week, I’m afraid. Mum was up at Broomfield Hospital during all of March and a bit of April, for 5 weeks in total, being looked after by the marvellous staff on The Notley Ward. 

Also at the beginning of March my daughter-in-law Samatha, who is a nurse at Broomfield Hospital herself, was admitted to the maternity ward for 7/8 days to give birth to my gorgeous grandson Lachlan. 

We had mum on one floor and Samatha on the other but due to the virus they couldn’t see one another.  Towards the end of her stay we couldn’t visit mum at all because of the lockdown. 

And today I find myself up at A&E, nothing major folks, fear not, and I’m being well looked after by the staff in A101. 

That’s definitely more time than one would wish to be at, let’s face it, the epicentre of the Corvid-19 virus in Chelmsford. However, whenever my family and I have been at Broomfield Hospital we meet the guys and girls of the NHS who put themselves in danger every single day to help us. What they are doing at this frightening time for us all is phenomenal, it’s the kind of thing we only really expect from our armed forces. All we are asked to do is stay indoors, compare that with what they are being asked to do every day. They use the word “frontline” in the press and I really think it is exactly that. Somehow clapping them for 5 mins every Thursday no longer seems enough. 

Mum died on the 4th April in Broomfield Hospital loved by us her family and by everyone on The Notley Ward. She was an Edge pin up girl in the November 2019 edition. Rest in peace mum xx

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  1. Bless your old Mummy Deaks. Accepted she ‘had a good innings’, as they say, but that doesn’t ease the heartache, old chum, does it?
    I love the new painted Superman image with NHS on his chest/crest instead of the ‘S’…once someone brings out the T-shirt version they are going to sell like HOT CAKES for years (you read that first right here, so remember that).

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