NHS 70 stories - Receptionist Daniel giving back after months at Frenchay Hospital as a child
Tuesday, 24 July 2018
Daniel Zandieh was in a serious road accident when he was just 10 years old and spent months in hospital – 15 years on he works at Southmead and feels it is his way of giving something back for all the care he has received.
The Medical Day Care receptionist at Southmead Hospital was knocked off his bicycle by a car and initially given a slim chance of survival when he arrived at the Children’s Hospital.
After coming out of a coma Daniel was transferred to the old Barbara Russell Unit at Frenchay Hospital where he spent a further two months before finally being able to go home.
“I don’t remember my accident, which is lucky,” Daniel said.
“With the support and care given by the NHS when I had my accident I pulled through.
“It was a long learning curve, but my approach is onwards and upwards.
“Staff on the wards were great and it felt like a home for the time, but I was glad when I could finally go home from hospital.”
Physiotherapy and occupational therapy followed and Daniel remains under a neurology consultant.
His role as a receptionist involves greeting and checking-in patients, requesting notes and admitting and discharging day patients on the unit.
“I really enjoy doing this job and being face-to-face with patients,” Daniel said.
“I probably wouldn’t have worked in a hospital if it wasn’t for what I went through, but doing this feels like I am giving something back for the care I received and to do that is something unexplainable.”