At a time when the NHS is threatened by reduced funding and the potential loss of staff through Brexit amongst many other challenges, I wanted to write to share how fantastic the A&E staff at CRH have been with my family this week.
After advice from the 111 helpline, I spent part of Sunday night at A&E. I was looked after with compassion and expertise by all the staff I came into contact with.
While I was there, I witnessed one young doctor being especially kind with a mother and her young child, ensuring they were not disturbed by a drunk patient (who was also treated respectfully) who had refused to leave after he was discharged.
On Tuesday, my husband cut his hand badly and had to go into A&E while looking after our three year old son.
While he was having glass removed from his hand, and throughout an x-ray and stitches, our son was having fun playing with one of the nurses.
It was really moving that on both our visits in very different circumstances, we were treated so swiftly, thoroughly and with so many smiles.
All the staff we dealt with are a credit to the NHS, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
Rebecca Machin and family,Eaves Mount, Hebden Bridge