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An Ode to the NHS.
An Ode to the NHS.
The twisting and turning story of Henry's sciatica treatment. a non-fiction account of both private and public healthcare covering any and all aspects of Henry's illness including being temporarily paralysed, the characters on the wards, spinal surgery and recovery, addiction to pain medication and his treatment by the doctors nurses and physiotherapists throughout.
This is a story of hope as well as a letter of gratitude. As someone who has grown up with parents working in the NHS, the work patterns and experiences of the staff were familiar to me. I also found this a very insightful read, it is not only about Henry's diagnosis and treatment, but about how desperately we need the NHS to keep going, and how much the human mind and body can endure. The characters described throughout keep you interested in their treatment as well as Henry's and provide light relief during darker periods of his journey. They act as a balm to the reader as well as the writer while describing the weeks and months of constant pain, worry, doubt and depression that would have otherwise been all-encompassing.
A brilliant book full of the ups and downs of a long term and life-changing illness, made even more endearing that 50% of the proceeds go to the charity that supports the NHS hospital so frequently mentioned throughout.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
Approximately 16 million people in the UK are admitted into hospital every year; each patient has their own story to tell. In this book, Henry depicts his journey through the public and private healthcare systems over the course of a year.
Nothing is held back as Henry describes his addiction to pain medication, what it’s like to be temporarily paralysed and the reality of being completely reliant upon the kindness of others. He observes the people and situations through the highs and lows of hospital life - and what it is truly like to live inside the healthcare system.
‘The Cared For’ is a tale of hope in an all hating world. 50% of the book's proceeds will be donated to the charity supporting the NHS hospital that Henry stayed in.
|Publication date:||31st October 2019|
|Collections:||9 Books with the NHS at Their Heart,|
|Primary Genre||Biographies & Autobiographies|