I JUST had to put pen to paper to praise the NHS.

Two years ago last August, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a golf ball.

I was taken up to Southmead, Bristol, to be operated on and was there for six days. The food was perfect and the medical team were exceptional and I thank them dearly.

Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with Cancer of the gullet last year; at this time, I was operated on in January of this year at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

I was there for 16 days, once again the medical team were exceptional.

I was laying in bed at 2am when a team came in and worked on a man who was nearly dead - but they brought him back to life, brilliant.

It was an honour to be in the same room with those people who saved him, doctors and nurses.

In August, I was diagnosed with an Inguinal Hernia which I went into Musgrove Park Hospital and had it repaired.

I hope this is the last time I go into hospital.

I wrote this letter not for any sympathy for myself but to highlight the marvellous staff of the NHS.

Thank you, NHS.