Getting back into the swing of things

For almost 18 months, Peter Brewin, 73, had been suffering from pain caused by a hernia. The condition forced him to stop cycling and playing golf.

On a shopping trip, the hernia became so pronounced and painful that he could no longer walk and he had to be helped back to his car.

His GP’s request for an NHS operation was rejected twice by his local NHS trust and it seemed as if he would face a future with limited activities and increasing pain.

Peter Brewin

“In the end, my GP suggested having surgery at a private hospital. However, my wife had knee surgery as an NHS patient at Care UK and we had been delighted with the treatment she received. When we found out that the centre was offering self-pay surgery it was the natural choice for me.

The consultant was excellent and inspired real confidence, which is important when you are allowing someone to operate on you.

I am now back to health and looking forward to joining my friends back on the golf course and I would recommend the centre to anyone!”

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