As the NHS turned 70 this week, one Bassetlaw resident had added cause for celebration that it was there to care for her in a moment of need.
Julie Ransley, aged 59, suffered sudden heart failure on Monday, June 18, but was luckily in the right place at the right time – outside Worksop’s Bassetlaw Hospital.
She said: “I had a spell of bronchitis about two months ago, and was still having chest problems. My GP suggested I get an X-ray and, as I was due in the hospital on the Monday, I thought I’d get it done then.
“I have had an ongoing heart condition since I contracted an infection in 2012. At the time I was quite ill, and have been having check-ups ever since.”
What Julie and her doctor did not realise was that her chest infection had developed into pneumonia, exacerbating her heart condition.
She said: “I was walking into the hospital, and suddenly I felt overwhelmed. I was gasping and turning blue. It was scary how fast it happened.
“Luckily two members of staff ran out of the restaurant, another went to fetch help.”
“I don’t remember much, but the next thing I knew I was in the resuscitation room, clenching my eyes shut and thinking I had to fight if I was ever going to see my granddaughter graduate.”
Julie was soon moved to intensive care, and then the coronary care unit.
Now at home awaiting further tests, Julie said: “I was amazingly fortunate. If I’d been up a hill with the dog, it could have been much worse.
“The NHS performs miracles every day. Seventy years ago the majority of people in that condition would have died. We are all very lucky it’s there for us.”
Julie would like to thank all of the staff who played their part. She said: “I never got the chance with some of them, but I cannot praise the hospital staff enough, from the porters to the consultants, they were consistently compassionate and caring.
“I have visited many hospitals around the country, and Bassetlaw deserves recognition as one of the best.”
Moira Hardy,director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I’m pleased to hear Mrs Ransley is feeling better. On behalf of the entire trust we wish her well in her recovery.
“We have an excellent team and I’m proud of our staff for their quick actions and professionalism.”