A grandmother from south east Northumberland has paid tribute to the care which enabled her to get back on her feet.
Sheila Marshall, 65, from Bedlington, has applauded the care she received from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s short term support service (STSS) following knee replacement surgery at Wansbeck General Hospital.
She said the care meant was able to stay independent and be in her own home.
The STSS provides urgent care and support for up to six weeks to help people to stay at home and live independently after a serious accident or illness.
Sheila was helped by short term support workers who came to her home three times a week and gave her personal care tasks such as washing and getting dressed.
She was also given compression stockings, which are worn after surgery until the patient becomes more mobile.
Sheila, who has two granchildren, said: “The care I received was first class, I could not fault it.
“The support workers made me feel comfortable and knew when to make light of a situation to put me at ease.”
Just two weeks after surgery, Sheila slipped and broke the same leg which had undergone the knee replacement.
She went back into hospital but was able to get home after just one night thanks to the service.
She is now able to manage at home with her husband and no longer needs support from the STSS.