Andy Reid opens St Helens Hospital rehab unit and says: 'The NHS is amazing and we are privileged to have it' (From St Helens Star)
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Andy Reid opens St Helens Hospital rehab unit and says: 'The NHS is amazing and we are privileged to have it'
12:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
ANDY Reid described it as an honour to officially open a new hospital rehabilitation suite to help people suffering from traumatic injuries and illness.
The Seddon Suite at St Helens Hospital is a 20-bed unit and will treat people from across Merseyside. It also helps patients prepare to go back home following their treatment.
Andy, who was named the Pride of St Helens in last year’s inaugural awards, has drawn widespread admiration for the way he has battled back after being one the most seriously injured survivors from the war in Afghanistan.
He lost both legs and his right arm after treading on an improvised explosive device.
Andy told the Star: “It’s massively important for people who have suffered a traumatic injury to be able to do things for themselves, even if it’s making a cup of tea.
“When it happens to you, you ask yourself how will you cope. But to be able to come here and speak to people in the same position; you can get that knowledge from them.
“In this day and age a facility like this should be available for everyone. The NHS is amazing and we are privileged to have it.
“A centre like this also eases the burden on the family. To see your loved ones looked after and watch their progression is a relief. It also gives them a rest.
“I met a guy here three weeks ago who had a stroke and he wasn’t talking. But when I saw him at Saints recently he spoke to me. It shows how important places like this are.
“They also have a communal place where patients can eat together. It gives them a chance to ask each other questions and learn from their experiences.”
The 37-year-old former corporal, who lives in Windle, said that the suite is important in helping people cope with the mental pressures that follow serious injury or neurological illness.
He added: “In this environment everyone is in it together.
“It’s a band of brothers.”
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