Patient thanks consultant for care and dedication

Pictured left to right: Mrs Susan Askey, Mr Neil Yeomans, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Mr John Askey

A patient who was diagnosed with colon and bladder cancer has thanked their surgeon for his care and dedication. Mrs Susan Askey initially thought she would need to have an invasive surgical procedure to help treat the disease – but Mr Neil Yeomans, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, was able to perform the procedure using keyhole surgery, a procedure which enables a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery time, and less pain and scarring.

Mrs Askey said: "From the very beginning, Mr Yeomans said that he was looking to "cure me, not manage me". This was wonderful news and just what I wanted to hear. Mr Yeomans gave me so much hope and encouragement and really thought about my case. His manner with patients is just fabulous and he explained everything that needed to be done. I felt totally different after my meeting with him. Happily, everything went to plan and three years later he is still taking care of me. He is a real asset to our hospital."

Mrs Askey has given Mr Yeomans the UHNM Hero award in recognition of the difference he has made to her life.

Mr Yeomans said: "I'm just a normal guy and I try to treat patients as I would want to be treated – as an individual. Most patients are feeling scared and vulnerable when they come to see you and what they need is for someone to talk to them nicely and to listen, so I try to do this. I am hugely proud to receive this award and the certificate will be going straight home with me. It's coming up to my six-year anniversary at UHNM, so this is a lovely acknowledgement of the care and dedication I have put into care of my patients."

Mrs Askey is now only one-and-a-half years' away from the five-year cancer-free mark.