Further to your recent criticisms of our local NHS I feel I must write to redress the balance between what you are reporting and what is actuality for anyone having the misfortune to have to call upon their (NHS) services.

In June this year my wife suffered an accident in which she broke three major bones in her ankle and only last week has been discharged by Fairfield Hospital.

During the five months between her admission and discharge we received nothing but the highest service from all departments concerned with her case.

The A&E team were excellent, making us feel comfortable and cared for during our stay. Mr Doyle and his surgical team did a magnificent job of putting my wife’s broken bones back together and have been superbly supportive in her after care; the ward staff on No 11 ward were caring and attentive throughout and the food was the best we have ever experienced on a hospital ward.

In addition the North West ambulance services who ferried us to and from clinics were brilliant, treating us with respect and full of fun.

The social services were most polite and efficient, providing us with very necessary pieces of equipment to make my wife’s progress more comfortable.

Finally the physiotherapists Angela and Sharon have been magnificent in helping Pat towards a complete recovery.

I for one cannot praise the staff of Fairfield Hospital, Bury social services and North West Ambulance Service enough, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. As to whether I would choose to have a bread roll with my lunch or the kind of super service we received, well, I leave that to you to work out.

B G Magee Bury