My operation in France: Broken wrist

Dee Tickner broke her wrist in a fall

The inside story of readers who have had operations in France – and how they found the health service, by Gillian Harvey

When former executive secretary Dee Tickner, 67, from Saint Valérien in Vendée popped to the bathroom in the early hours in January last year, she had no idea she would spend the next four days in hospital.

Life in France

I’ve lived in France for two years, since moving from Hampshire with my partner Barry, 70, who worked as a senior technician at the University of Southampton.

Barry had been holidaying here for years and always dreamed of a move across the Channel so once he retired, we began to look and bought in October 2015.

The accident

It was about 6.30 when I woke. It was pitch black, but I didn’t want to wake Barry, so I flicked the light in the hallway on and off to get my bearings and make sure ...

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