The Mayor of Hartlepool has visited his local hospital to personally thank staff for his care.
Mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Rob Cook and Mayoress Brenda Cook, visited the elective care unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool where he has spent time recovering from two knee joint replacement operations.
Councillor Cook met with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust chairman Paul Garvin who introduced him to general manager for elective care Rowena Dean and orthopaedic consultant Rajiv Limaye.
He was given a tour of the journey an elective patient would take through the hospital, starting at the access lounge, through to the operating theatres, before ending in the joint replacement unit.
In the unit he met with ward matron Linda Wildberg and her staff and talked to patients.
Chairman Paul Garvin said: “It was a pleasure to be able to give councillor Cook a tour of the ward and to talk to him about his own personal experience under the care of staff here.
“This is a ward where patients are cared for who are recovering from joint replacement surgery, the surgery is routinely performed on a high number of patients, but one which can improve people’s quality of life considerably.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work our staff are doing and to get feedback from patients in our care.”
“It was also fantastic to be able to meet patients on the unit and find out how the surgery they have had has given them a better quality of life just like it has for me.
“The unit is something that is very close to my heart and I would like to thank the whole team who are a credit to the NHS.”