It’s sometimes easy to think that it’s the negative stories that get local hospitals in the pages of The News more than the positives.
We certainly try to feature as often as possible the good things that go on at healthcare centres across the area, from outreach work to charity events.
But it’s great to be able to report as we do on page 17 a story of someone who is truly outstanding.
Surgeon Armjad Parvaiz works at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
And figures have revealed that in his specialism, he is the country’s finest.
And not by one or two per cent, but by a country mile.
He has performed many more surgeries – his nearest competitor is 45 behind – and all with a zero mortality rate.
Modestly, he says he thinks it’s good and down to ‘making sure the patient is happy’.
But we’re sure it’s just as much down to the skill and dedication of a man at the top of his game.
What makes this something worthy of comment is the effect it can have on the wider population, not just those who Mr Parvaiz has worked on.
There are many negative stories around, nationally, about hospital care and, understandably, many people are nervous of hospitals.
But anything that can go towards allaying these fears is very welcome.
At some point in our lives, from the very young to the very old, most of us, or someone we love, will be cared for in hospital.
So the more people know that our local hospitals are staffed by some of the very best in their fields, the more comfortable they will be should the need arise to use their services.
And there’s also a touch of local pride in having the very best here in our city. Well done Mr Parvaiz.