FOR Richard Greene, saying thank you to the doctor who saved his life is simply not enough.
That’s why the 79-year-old has put Dr Stephen Smallwood and his staff at Wickham Surgery forward for our Best of Health Awards 2012.
Mr Greene, of Wickham Road, Fareham, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in March 2011 and he says he was told he may only have had two years to live.
He said: ‘When I was told by a hospital consultant I had two years to live I was a bit upset. I came back to my doctor and told him.
‘He nearly blew the ceiling off and said “I’m not having that at all”.
‘I had a low heart rate and was told I would not be able to be put under anaesthetic.
‘But for nine months Dr Smallwood gave me some heart tablets to get it higher and then in December I had the operation.
‘I was in intensive care for eight days and then made a full recovery.
‘I didn’t need any chemotherapy or radiotherapy.’
Mr Greene says he was also told he could potentially live for another two decades.
‘If it hadn’t have been for Dr Smallwood then I wouldn’t have been given this extra time,’ added Mr Greene, who used to run a coach firm.
‘This doctor is worth his weight in gold.
‘He was the only one who came up with the idea to put me on the drugs to improve my heart rate.
‘Saying the words “thank you” doesn’t seem enough.
‘That’s why I have put him in for this award.’
Mr Greene has entered the surgery in Station Road, Wickham, in the GP Practice of the Year category.
This year’s awards night, backed by Wave 105, takes place on Friday, September 21 at the Portsmouth Guildhall and will be hosted by Fred Dinenage.
To make sure your health hero is in with a chance, you have to nominate them.
There are 12 categories that cover all sectors of the health service, from care in hospitals and surgeries, to care in the community.
To nominate all you have to do is fill in the nominate form and return it back to us by June 25.
To sponsor a category email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (023) 9262 2202.