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Praise from patient at West Suffolk Hospital

Chris and Estrellita Pelloe

Chris Pelloe has no doubt that the town of Bury St Edmunds is fortunate to have a hospital which offers a first class service.

And it is one which helped him to recover from a serious heart problem … one which he had been avoiding.

The issues for the 69-year-old first arose back in the summer of 2016 when he suffered symptoms of heartburn which was followed by chest pains, feeling sick and lack of appetite.

He rang for a doctor’s appointment but was told to dial 999 as he was told he was having a heart attack and needed to get to hospital.

But Chris, who lives in Derby Way, Newmarket, with his wife Estrellita, didn’t call the emergency number and the chest pains vanished.

But as time elapsed his symptoms worsened and his wife called for an ambulance as he was suffering from breathlessness.

He was admitted to the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, where he spent five nights and was given treatment for his complaint before he was released.

His follow up procedure included an angiogram carried out by lead consultant cardiologist Pegah Salahshouri and was told he had an enlarged heart and would need to have a pacemaker fitted but would have to travel to the Papworth Hospital.

He had regular check ups at the West Suffolk as well as his GP at the Orchard House Surgery, in Fred Archer Way, Newmarket, before he was fitted with the pacemaker in January, last year.

“I immediately felt much better in myself and I had a number of follow up appointments including with Dr Salahshouri. I continued to feel much better in myself, I was breathing much easier, the colour returned to my cheeks and my appetite returned and I was able to start gardening again,” he said.

But Chris, who was born on the day the NHS service was launched back in July 1948 and worked in a number of departments for the service, knew life would have been easier if all the treatment he received was carried out at the West Suffolk Hospital.

“Don’t get me wrong Papworth is fantastic but it’s not the easiest place to get to and it would have been so much easier if everything was carried out at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

“The staff were wonderful,” said Chris who retired as a purchasing manager for medical products and was based at NHS Supplies in Olding Road, in Bury.

“I was given first class treatment and nothing was too much trouble for them.

“For the hospital to have the new centre is absolutely vital for the ease of patients locally as everything will be in the once place and the hospital is so easy to get to,” he added.


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