David gives a decade of thanks to staff at University Hospital

David and the CTCC team On Friday, July 8, David Wilkinson came back to University Hospital’s Cardiothoracic Critical Care (CTCC) Unit and Ward 11 to meet the team who saved his life a decade ago.

In 2006, David was one of the first patients to be moved to the brand new unit at the then newly built University Hospital.

David had undergone major heart surgery in the city’s old Walsgrave Hospital just two weeks earlier.

David, from Bulkington, said: “It’s been really nice to come back and meet some of the team who were caring for me at the time and those who moved me from the old hospital into the new one.

“At the time I was in a critical condition and didn’t realise I was one of the first patients to be moved to the new hospital.

“I was in hospital for nearly three months following my operation. The team in both CTCC and Ward 11, along with the physiotherapists and support staff were all fantastic and it’s because of their care that I’m still here today.”

Adrian Varney, Clinical Nurse Manager in the Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit, said: “It’s really great to see David again, especially looking so well. He’s made a fantastic recovery following very serious surgery.

“I was part of the team who transferred him on the day we moved into the new hospital.

“Many of the team still remember caring for David all those years ago and we enjoyed meeting him again today.”

Photo caption: David (second left) with members of the CTCC team (L-R) Sue Cheney, Adrian Varney and Joe Tarrant.