Justine Roseblade and her two daughters were packing to go on holiday when she had a call from the Police to say her husband Peter had been in a near-fatal cycling accident. By the time she arrived at King’s College Hospital, he was being treated by the trauma team for multiple fractures and a serious head injury.

Stress eased by “amazing” staff


Peter was transferred to the high dependency unit the day after his accident but his condition deteriorated. His legs were swelling, he had blood clots in both lungs and the doctors were fighting to save his life.


“Peter was in a coma for five days and it was a very sad place to be in, surrounded by so many very ill people. When he did come round he thought he was in the basement, but we were actually on the first floor – there were just no windows.

“He was on a ventilator for several days and couldn’t speak as he had tubes in his mouth, so the nurses gave us a letter board so we could communicate. He was then given a plaster-cast jacket to help his shoulder and back heal and was keen to get home as soon as possible. When he did get home he went into the garden and sobbed – he was so relieved to be home, and realised what a close shave he’d had.

“It was a stressful time, but your focus isn’t on yourself or anything else, it’s just about getting through and hoping that each day there’ll be better news than the day before.

“I am a King’s patient already as I have rheumatoid arthritis, so I was in no doubt that King’s was the best place for him. The staff in the critical care unit were amazing. You get to know them really well and they were brilliant.”

Justine Roseblade


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