I needed surgery on my back and was informed that it would take at least two years on the public waiting list. I’d heard about the PDFORRA medical assistance scheme and I contacted the PDFORRA national office for further information.

Although the scheme was not yet in operation they helped me apply for permission with the HSE. Through their help and support I attended a consultant in Kingsbridge Hospital in Belfast and I received a date for surgery six weeks later. Everything went really well and my operation was a total success. Kingsbridge Hospital is like a hotel (bar the pain) and I cannot thank both them and PDFORRA enough for their help. I would encourage all PDFORRA members to join the medical assistance scheme as it’s like having private medical insurance for one euro per week.