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 Daniel Zandieh spent months in Frenchay Hospital as a child and is now working at Southmead Hospitalcare 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.”