A patient has thanked vigilant nurses at Ealing Hospital for saving his life.
Brian Prime was waiting for an appointment in the anti-coagulation clinic when Denise Harford and her colleagues noticed he kept nodding off.
Brian said: “I was visiting my wife Suzanne in hospital and just thought I was tired from running around after a busy morning. Denise took one look at me and took me upstairs to the urgent care centre.”
It turned out to be a good decision when a CT scan subsequently revealed Brian had a stroke.
The teaching assistant at Viking School in Northolt added: “I can’t thank Denise enough. Her vigilance saved my life along with all the other staff who got involved.
“Hospital staff don’t get praised enough for the work they do and I just want to say they’re all my heroes. They are a real credit to the NHS.”
Denise, who works in the anticoagulation clinic said: “We immediately realised something wasn’t right and so he was prioritised through the clinic. As soon Brian was seen by the nurse specialist he was then taken to A&E by a member of the team.”
Lead nurse Jas Dosanjh added: “Many of our patients have a higher risk of stroke because of various heart related conditions but thankfully these incidents are relatively rare in the clinic”.