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Patient stories
We are collating personal experiences and stories as a resource for patients and families. We'd love to hear from you if you would like your own, or a family member's, story to be included. Please contact Sister Rhona Jacques on 0114 271 2029 or Sister Lesley Hinchliffe on 0114 226 1341 for more information, or to share your story.
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Anthony Powell, patient

'When the treatment involving the Ruthenium Plaque was explained to me I have to admit I was extemely apprehensive. Scared would be a better way of putting it! I could only believe that I was about to endure the worst week of my life and could not believe anything to the contrary. Once I had decided that I really had no option, I needed to get it done asap.

This was the start of realising how committed to patient wellbeing the team at Sheffield are. I was in hospital for five days and I can honestly say it was nothing like I feared. Any post op pain was quickly dealt with and monitored so it never returned. The nursing staff were just great and the food was surprisingly apetising too! As I had double vision whilst the plaque was in place, the reading material I took wasn't any use but I had audio books which I would thoroughly recommend.

Also I am sure that doing what the medical team suggested I did whilst in hospital, helped with the recovery. They do know what they are talking about! Once home, after a few days, I wanted to get out and about. I found that the slightest breeze seemed like an icy blast in the eye. A cheap pair of ski goggles did the trick. It was January.

After just a month I was back to normal. I found that the care I received in any of the opthalmology departments at Sheffield to be first class and especially the oncology team who are all dedicated, caring professionals that left me feeling that I could not have been treated better anywhere.'
'I was extremely apprehensive but it was nothing like I feared. The care I received in Sheffield was first class. The team are all dedicated, caring professionals who left me feeling I could not have been treated better anywhere.'

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Anthony Powell