AN ELDERLY man who recently suffered a stroke has heaped praise on the nurses at Worcestershire Royal Hospital who cared for him during his recovery.

John Hughes, aged 88, was taken to hospital on Wednesday, June 25, after suffering a stroke and was released six days later Although he has still not fully recovered, he told your Worcester News the care he had received at the hospital was “fantastic”.

“There’s a lot of people saying they don’t look after patients properly, but they are absolutely marvellous,” said Mr Hughes, of Abberley Drive, Droitwich.

“I think there are people criticising them because, when you ask them to do something, they can’t always do it right away because they’re already dealing with so much and lots of them are engaged in activities in other wards.”

He added he was still recovering at home, but he was sure without the care of the hospital’s nurses he would be in a much worse state.

“It isn’t always a pleasant job and their enthusiasm must be seen to be believed,” he said.

“I’m very, very grateful to them – when I’m better I’ll go down with a box of chocolates to thank them in person.”

Manager of the hospital’s acute stroke unit, Julie Hughes, said she was delighted by Mr Hughes’ comments.

“The team works so hard to ensure the best outcomes for our patients,” she said.

She added the stroke team had hit all its targets over the last nine months.

Mr Hughes’ comments come after your Worcester News teamed up with the Worcestershire Health and Care Trust to recognise doctors and nurses who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

The deadline for returning the nomination form below is Wednesday, July 31, and the awards will be presented on September 12.