ON SATURDAY I had an appointment at Basingstoke Hospital for colonoscopy examination.

A little anxious, I entered the colonoscopy department I was welcomed and shown to the only unoccupied bed.

The nurses all seemed to be very attentive, professional and very cheerful yet their daily chore was to look after and prepare what seemed like a conveyor belt of mainly elderly bottoms readying them for examination and surgery.

Not the most glamorous job in the world.

Their cheerful demeanour and personal friendliness which continued to be evident with the doctors and assistants in the operating theatre was incredible.

Very worthy of our thanks and applause.

In addition I would like a mention to the other unsung heroes i.e. the cleaning staff who look after these wards.

Dave Moon