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Trust welcomes former patient as elected Governor

30 September 2019

A former patient who received life-saving treatment at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) has been elected a Public Governor for the Trust.

Kevin Steele suffered a cardiac arrest while driving home from a football match in November 2017. Passers-by administered CPR until paramedics arrived and Mr Steele was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at RBH where he was treated and made a full recovery.

After volunteering in the RBH Emergency Department (ED) last year, to say: “thank you to the area that effectively saved my life”, Mr Steel applied for and was elected Public Governor for the Trust, representing Christchurch and Dorset.

Mr Steele said: “I have no recollection of my time spent in RBH as I was in a coma, but I do know it was the professionalism and determination of the staff here that kept me alive. Obviously the quick thinking passers-by kept me going, but it was thanks to the staff here that I pulled through.

I specifically asked to volunteer in ED once I was well enough as I wanted to thank an area of the hospital that is under constant strain. I find my hours spent volunteering very rewarding. When the opportunity to apply as a Trust Governor arose I thought I might be able to help in other ways and I am focussed on doing as much as I can to make a difference over the next three years.”

The retired aviation director has already been busy in his new role, delivering hospital updates at public engagement events. He looks forward to acting as an ambassador for the Trust, promoting the hospitals within his local constituencies.

Trust welcomes former patient as elected Governor Public