A former patient has returned to Darlington Memorial Hospital to
present staff with a cheque for over £1,000.
Sixty five year old Brian Day, who has learning difficulties,
spent over two months in hospital earlier this year including over
two weeks in intensive care.
Brian returned to the hospital with his mother Margaret Lovelady
and sister Sharon Day to present £1, 135 to staff from the
intensive care unit and the hospital's portering service, who he
credits with 'saving his life'.
Brian can't remember much of his time in hospital but said about
hospital porter Jamie Walton "this man saved my life".
Jamie was taking Brian for a CT scan when he suffered a cardiac
arrest. Jamie began chest compressions while pushing the trolley
and took the decision to take Brian back to A&E resus for
Jamie said: "Instinct just kicked in and I started chest
compressions, while also trying to push Brian along on the trolley.
I decided it would be better to go to the A&E resuscitation
area and shouted for a staff nurse to go and let them know we were
coming. I visited Brian on the wards a couple of times but it is
lovely to see him now back on his feet."
Brian lives in Newton Aycliffe with his parents and mum Margaret
said: "It is so nice to see Jamie and the staff on ITU. Everything
happens so quickly at the time so we just wanted to come back and
say thank you."
Brian and his family have raised £1,135 for the ITU and the
portering service through a live music night in Newton Aycliffe
with donations and support for a raffle and tombola from friends
and local businesses.
Dianne Cruickshank, ITU senior sister at Darlington Memorial
Hospital said: "It has been lovely to see Brian again and we are
very grateful for the kind donation, we really appreciate it and it
will make a difference. We're pleased to also recognise Jamie and
the porters who provide such a great service to us; we'd be lost
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community