When Graeme Scott contracted Covid-19 in March 2020, he
deteriorated very quickly and, within days of becoming unwell, was
admitted to the intensive care unit at University Hospital of North
Durham where he was ventilated and sedated.
Despite having previously undergone a kidney transplant, which
led to diabetes, Graeme, who was 49 at the time, led a full life
including working full time. But these pre-existing health
conditions meant Graeme became incredibly unwell, spending six
months in hospital in total; including a period under the
transplant specialists at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle
and several weeks in rehabilitation at Bishop Auckland
Thanks to excellent care, and perhaps against the odds, Graeme's
family were delighted to welcome him back to his Stanley home in
September 2020 where, in many ways, the hardest work began - he had
very limited mobility and suffered from a shortness of breath and
Graeme continues to receive care at home from physio and
occupational therapy community teams from County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, amongst others, and has made
enormous progress, showing great perseverance and
Graeme says he will never forget and always be grateful to the
very many people involved in saving his life - all the medical and
nursing staff, ward hostesses, domestics, porters, hospital and
community based therapists not forgetting laboratory and pharmacy
teams - plus many more.
Last week, Graeme got in touch with the Trust via email, saying:
"I just wanted to share with you the photograph attached. It shows
me walking my daughter down the aisle on September 11th this
"I'd be grateful if you could share it with all the staff at
UHND and BAH, and everyone else, to show what their unbelievable
efforts and dedication during the pandemic achieved. Without them
this would not have been possible.
"Please pass on my love and gratitude and let them know that
they made the difference."
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital