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Retired owner of an agricultural merchants, Mr Gwynfor Lewis has led a very active working life and very much wished to be active and continue cycling in his retirement. At the beginning of April, at 70 years of age, he had two consecutive partial knee replacements and rigorously followed his physiotherapy routine to return to full fitness. He was bowled over by the care and attention of the entire team at Nuffield Health Cardiff and Vale Hospitals and has nothing but praise for everyone he met there.

It was his father who began the animal feeds company in Lampeter which Gwyn Lewis took over. He explains, “I regularly liſted several 140lb bags a day when delivering to the farms and I was also a retained fireman with all the rigour that involved. Te nature of my work did cause a lot of wear and tear but I do have good upper body strength. It was probably because of this and my determination that my surgeon Mr Pemberton decided that I would cope with having both knees operated on at the same time. I like to ride my bike and was cycling over 30 miles the day before my operations. Walking however more than 200 yards was impossible and the knee problem was affecting my ankles and my feet.” It was via his late wife’s cousin that he came across orthopaedic surgeon David Pemberton through his links with the WRU. He says that Mr Pemberton is a uniquely giſted surgeon but also very much down to earth. His secretary Dawn is also extremely helpful and managed

to fit him in quickly for surgery. However it is the whole hospital experience from beginning to end and the second to none aſtercare at Nuffield Health which has impressed Gwynfor the most. “When I arrived at the hospital with one of my two good sons,

everyone from the porter and receptionist who greeted me could not have put me more at ease. I was soon feeling relaxed and on first name terms with the

chef. Te pre-assessment

nurse was excellent, as were the ward staff and all the physios. Te surgical team and the

anaesthetist were perfect too.

From day one, I was up and about with a frame. I’ve formed a particular bond with former commonwealth cyclist Kiera, my physiotherapist. We have so much in common and she is really special. She even adjusted my bike to make sure it was the right set up for me! I spent a week at the Vale hospital and it is really friendly. I have no problems driving a three hour round trip to make sure I get all

the physio and aſtercare

support. When I compare notes with my five friends, I do seem to have experienced the best care of any of them”. “I would recommend the bi- lateral procedure for people like me who are especially motivated and very strong. My upper body strength enabled me to use the crutches to get active quickly. Now that my knees are fixed, I’m coming back for surgery on my feet. I can’t put into words how fabulous

the treatment

at the hospital is – it’s utterly unbelievable! I would heartily recommend it, especially Mr Pemberton and Keira.”

Cardiff & South Wales Advertiser - Friday 30th August 2019 - 11

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