COVID-19 patient Andrew Hodge has paid tribute to the ‘phenomenal and attentive’ team at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, who treated him during his 10-day admission.
Andrew, 54, an electrical engineer, experienced high quality care in the Emergency Department, Acute Medical Unit, Aspen Ward and Intensive Care and wants people to know that being ventilated for COVID-19 ‘is not game over’. He said: “I don’t want to dilute the seriousness of it, but I want people to realise they can survive this. There is so much negative communication about how many people have died, as opposed to how many have survived.”
Andrew spent six days in ICU in an induced coma before returning to Aspen Ward. He was discharged on Friday 27 March and is now recovering at home in Laleham, near Staines, with wife Dawn and their daughters Isabella, 17, and Genevieve, 11.
He noted that the nursing staff were all really attentive and phenomenal; and the interaction with the doctors on Aspen ward was very, very good. He praised one nurse on Aspen who simply held his hand for a while.
Andrew recognises he received excellent care whilst in the Intensive Care Unit but has very little memory of the experience!
The team at St Peter’s are delighted to see Andrew recovering so well back at home, and wish him all the best.
Photo: Andrew Hodge back at home