On Sunday last at 2 o’clock at the Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor North Wales I had cataract surgery (replacing a cloudy lens inside the right eye with an artificial one.)
This was the second of two visits four weeks apart, the first the assessment on a Saturday, the days in question being the reason for this piece.
Because every weekend teams of NHS staff covering happening at the hospital’s eye clinic and surgery units are volunteers in their time off from their own hospitals treating numbers of patients.
On the weekends as they took my details, maybe not to their enlightenment! I found a bit more about this. Bangor not being adjacent to anywhere and in their cases staff live at least 80 miles away.
In turn among those who examined, advised and tended were medico’s originally from the Philippines, male and female, Syria and Indian surgeons, a Nigerian nurse (all domiciled here) and another one from Middlesborough.
The treatment received as expected was expert and without fuss the operation short and with little pain even when the surgeon explained he had forgotten a painkilling injection along the way.
This then qualities hard to find in other jobs and so professional by a staff more in tune with doing good work than most.
These Teams at Ysbyty Gwynedd Bangor are proof of that.