Hollywood hospital treatment for Joel, 12

Young holidaymaker returns to North Devon to say special thanks to hospital staff.

THE parents of a 12-year-old boy have praised hospital staff for the ‘Hollywood’ care their son received while on holiday in North Devon.

A happy stay in Croyde ended badly for Joel Campbell when he suffered a broken arm after falling through a tyre on an obstacle course.

The double break to his right arm signalled the started of a traumatic couple of days for the family from Stafford, who regularly holiday in the region.

But dad Ash said what followed during the next 48 hours could only be described as pure professionalism and care by the staff at North Devon District Hospital, including Dr Jacqui Munns and surgeon Malcolm Podmore.

He said: “The treatment at the hospital was phenomenal. If we’d have been private, we wouldn’t have had better.

“This was not a standard break as Joel snapped both the bones and had to be operated on and his bones pinned.

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“The surgeon who operated came to see us before and most importantly immediately after the operation and kept us up to date with every minute detail.

“The before and after care from the nursing staff was truly amazing as Joel and the rest of us were so well looked after by the staff.

“To this day as a family we are eternally grateful. We holiday in Croyde in June and August every year and even though we were out-of-towners, the treatment we received was better than Hollywood stars.

“It was a really rough time for us as a family, and for Joel, but he has recovered well.”

A year on, Joel, dad Ash, mum Gail and cousin Lauren are returning to North Devon on Sunday and Joel is planning to say a special thank-you himself by staging a fund-raiser for the hospital’s Chemotherapy Appeal.

The keen singer and guitarist is planning to busk in Barnstaple High Street on Saturday, June 2 from around 11am to drum up funds for the campaign.

Joel, who enjoys old rock and roll such as Chuck Berry and The Beatles, has previously raised money for the Poppy Appeal, PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation and also for local First Responders.

“He really stops people in their tracks when he plays locally and I am sure he will go down really well in Barnstaple and raise a nice amount for the hospital,” said Ash.

“Joel is looking forward to coming back to North Devon and is really excited that he can use his talents to raise some funds for the hospital that cared so well for him.”

Jac Kelly, chief executive of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We are so pleased to hear the fantastic feedback about Joel’s stay at the hospital last year and that his recovery has gone so well.

“We would like to thank Joel for supporting the Chemotherapy Appeal and hope High Street shoppers help him raise as much money as possible for a great cause.

“We hope Joel enjoys his latest stay in North Devon and wish him well in his future as a singer/songwriter.”

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