Campaigner gets all-clear and thanks Pilgrim

Praise for Pilgrim from Rodney Sadd.
Praise for Pilgrim from Rodney Sadd.
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A Spalding campaigner, who has had an anxious wait for results following a test for bowel cancer, has been given the all-clear – and he says he can’t thank Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital enough for their support.

Rodney Sadd contacted the Free Press on Thursday minutes after receiving the good news and said: “I have to say I’ve got a bit of a tear.

I would advise anybody not to ignore the notification of the invite to get involved with this screening service as it could save your life.

Rodney Sadd

“I’ve tried to be positive and hoped I would be whatever the news, but this is fantastic.”

His health scare came just after Christmas when he was sent a routine Faecal Occult Blood Test having reached the age of 60.

However, the results came back abnormal, as did further tests, and he was asked to attend a consultation at Pilgrim Hospital.

The care and consideration he received from then on inspired him to contact us, so others who may have to go for tests would not be anxious.

Rodney, of Carrington Road, said: “I was promptly booked an appointment the following week and, being new to all this, I have to admit I was nervous about the whole thing.

“But I only have admiration for the staff, who were so caring and treated me with dignity throughout the whole time I was on the ward.

“We all have a NHS number, but I was not treated as just a number. During the procedure the whole team took the time to care and, even after I was discharged, on the same day there was a follow-up call to help and advise me what to expect over the next few days and what to do in the worst-case scenario.

“The screening procedure is not pleasant, but I would advise anybody not to ignore the notification of the invite to get involved with this screening service as it could save your life.

“We may all need it at some point in our lives – our great NHS and the caring people it employs up and down the country.”

• Colonoscopy is an investigation that involves looking directly at the lining of your large bowel. It’s the most effective way to diagnose bowel cancer and for most people it is a straightforward procedure. Statistics show that if bowel cancer is detected at the earliest stage, there is over a 90 per cent chance of survival.