Meet the patients: Peter Chaisit-Charles

Peter Chaisit-CharlesI recently had a craniotomy to remove a brain tumour which was covered by the Surgery Live TV programme on Channel 4.

Now, post-radiotherapy, I feel ready to write a comment or two. I hope that it will give patients the confidence to go ahead with their operations.

I have to say that the neuro and radiotherapy departments did a fantastic job with such wonderful care and attention. There was never a cross word, even though the teams were working so hard.

Much can be said in favour of Southampton General and I do hope that the majority of patients have enjoyed the enormously successful experience that I had the privilege to experience.

I would particularly like to thank Paul Grundy, my neurosurgeon, who performed his tasks so well on camera.

His demeanour was so fine while in theatre, surrounded by not just those great assistants, but by a very patient camera crew. Our post-surgery chats were so calming. I felt really special.

The aftercare by the neuro wards was wonderful, as was the later radiotherapy treatment, which saved me a fortune in haircuts! As you can see from the picture, I now have my own hair again.

I have also enjoyed reading Connect while I’ve been here – some interesting stuff in there.

Thank you all, Southampton General, and may I wish you all the best for the future.

Peter Chaisit-Charles

First published in Connect issue 26.