90-year-old Coronavirus patient praises hospital staff after being discharged home

William Dobie

A 90-year-old Lytham man who has been discharged from Blackpool Victoria Hospital after battling coronavirus has praised staff for their “amazing’’ care.

William Dobie, a retired company director, was the first male from the Fylde coast to be discharged from the hospital after suffering from coronavirus and said he will always remember the care he was given by staff at the hospital.

He said: “I went in because I had a urine infection but they tested me for coronavirus and it proved positive.

“I was originally in intensive care originally but then moved to the isolation ward and treated superbly.

“It was a bit of a worrying time obviously but the staff were amazing.

“A few years ago I had a cardiac procedure at the hospital and I said then that I would never hear a bad word said about the NHS ever again.

“This time they surpassed that again and I can’t praise the staff enough. The care they gave me was out of this world and I’m over the moon to be going home.’’

William, a former captain of Lytham Gold Club, added: “I hope my story gives people encouragement for people at what I know is a worrying time.’’

Medical Director at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Jim Gardner, said: “We are delighted to hear William’s positive story and I would like to thank him for his kind comments about the people who cared for him.

“I would like to join William in praising our staff who throughout the Trust are going above and beyond for patients in these challenging times.’’

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