Hospital staff praised for miracle recovery

Thank-you: Sharon Close has praised hospital  staff
Thank-you: Sharon Close has praised hospital staff

A Chorley grandmother who wasn’t expected to recover from a huge stroke is back home after just four weeks.

Joyce Nightingale, 83, was rushed to Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital after careers at Meadow Bank Nursing Home, in Clayton-le-Woods, spotted the tell tale signs of the devastating stroke and rang 999.

Her daughter, Sharon Close believes her ‘miracle’ recovery is down to the hardwork of the staff at the hospital and has spoken out to praise their efforts.

She said: “People in Chorley should be very proud of their hospital and the amazing work that staff there are doing.

“My mum was at the care home when she suffered a huge stroke, but the wonderful staff there sprang straight into action and within an hour she was at Chorley hospital and being treated.

“She was in a really poorly state though and staff there told me to prepare for the worse.

“The situation was very difficult, but they couldn’t have been kinder to me and helped make it much easier.

“Not only were they concerned for my mum, who everyone calls ‘Nana’, they were also worried about my welfare and they kept checking on me and bringing cups of tea and sandwiches to help keep me going.

“I stayed by her bedside for two full days and they couldn’t have done more to help. The level of care was outstanding.”

Mrs Close, who lives in Clayton-le-Woods, said her experience at Chorley hospital was a lot different to that she has witnessed at other hospitals.

She added: “The NHS seems to get bad press, but that certainly isn’t the case at Chorley.

“My mum had a heart attack last year and she was taken to a different hospital and they just left her lying there for six hours and later admitted that they and forgotten about her.

“The care at Chorley couldn’t be further from that experience. When I went to visit my mum, no matter what time it was, there would always be someone with her checking she was ok.

“The staff went out of their way to make sure she had everything she needed, and although she couldn’t have much physio they still gave her the top level of care.

“When the sister rang to tell me she was coming home I couldn’t quite believe it.

“I really believe that if it wasn’t for the outstanding care at Chorley hospital then she wouldn’t be here today.”