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“Great doctors and smiley nurses” praised by eminent archaeologist

An eminent archaeologist has praised the “great doctors and smiley nurses” at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, following his treatment.

Professor Francis Pryor, 71, is famous for discovering one of the finest Bronze Age Settlement, Flag Fen, near Peterborough, along with encouraging the next generation of archaeologists by appearing on television’s Time Team.

Professor  Pryor, who is also an author, sheep farmer and keen gardener, was admitted as a day case patient at the hospital on Friday, July 29, for a hernia operation.

After his release later that day Professor Pryor took to Twitter to thank the team. His Tweet read: “Have just had hernia operation @QEHKingsLynnNHS. Great doctors and smiley nurses. Thank you SO much!”

Professor Pryor is now recovering at home and is looking forward to getting back into the garden.

He said: “I do a lot of physical work and the hernia was getting in the way.

“My treatment at the hospital was wonderful in every respect. The staff were friendly and very informative so I know exactly what was going to happen.

“I am taking things steady but I’m already more active.”

Professor Pryor will be opening his garden, which is just outside Sutton St James, in Lincolnshire, on September 17 and 18, as part of the National Garden Scheme.

The hospital currently processes 5,000 pieces of patient feedback a month given via the Friends and Family Test. Up to 97 per cent of those who responded to the test are happy to recommend the Arthur Levin Day Surgery Centre to others.

This feedback has also help to drive service improvements, including ensuring that patients are provided with extra information prior to their operation on what to expect along with some cosmetic changes and the introduction of tea and coffee.

Hospital Chief Executive Dorothy Hosein has thanked Professor Pryor for his positive feedback.

She said: “As a Trust we are striving for excellence in all areas of the care we provide for our patients. The doctors and nurses play a vital part on our journey to become an outstanding trust.  It is wonderful to hear of Professor Pryor’s positive experience and I would like to thank him for his kind comments.”


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