RVH providing a first-class service
Visitors to Belfast - even the foreign ones - are in safe hands if something goes wrong and they wind up at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Recently, my grandfather Jim Cooley revisited Belfast to see family. A minor inconvenience led him to the hospital, but it turned out to be a serious case of gallstones.
He spent 10 days in the RVH, and came out of it being extremely grateful and surprised by the support of staff.
Originally from Belfast, Jim has been living in Canada since 1965. He regularly flies to visit his sisters and numerous other relatives in Belfast. His children, including my father Mike, were born in the Royal Victoria.
I myself had my shattered wrist contorted and reset at the Royal Victoria because it wasn't healing correctly after I flew over the handlebars of a bike in the Aran Islands in 2010.
To be a long way from home and still be able to get treatment as good as we did in our time in Belfast is not something that will be forgotten. Our family remains extremely thankful.
Journalist, Ottawa Sun, Canada