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Quality care strikes a chord with couple

A MERIDEN couple has been singing the praises of Heartlands Hospital after receiving lifesaving care.

A MERIDEN couple has been singing the praises of Heartlands Hospital after receiving lifesaving care.

Roy Watson, aged 63, collapsed on Father’s Day last year suffering from a heart attack and had to be rushed to the Birmingham hospital for emergency surgery to rectify a problem artery.

To thank the “wonderful” hospital staff, the grandfather-of-four and wife Sue, also 63, visited Heartlands just before Christmas to play guitar and sing in the reception area for patients and visitors.

“It seemed to be a one-way situation where Heartlands Hospital staff did everything wonderfully and professionally for me and I gave nothing to them,” said Roy, a retired health and safety training manager.

“So we asked if we could play music for them and they said ‘yes’- it was great fun.”

Sue added: “We are so grateful to every single one of the staff who cared for Roy during that week and during subsequent treatments and check-ups. It is great to have the chance to do something positive to support this wonderful hospital.”

Roy has now had a triple heart-bypass operation and is already planning a second thank you gig at the hospital.

Esther Jackson, music co-ordinator, said: “Music in the main reception areas of our hospitals helps patients and visitors to take their mind off the reasons why they are here.”

 

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