A MAN who needed urgent medical care within days of moving to West Cumbria is indebted to all the people who rallied round to support him.

Two weeks after moving into his new home in Seascale, Serge Keraven, 59, was in A&E in Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital.

He then spent a week in the coronary unit.

"The care I was given from the minute I arrived in the A&E department and then admitted to the coronary unit for a week, was simply outstanding," he said.

"The medical attention I received was exceptional due to the staff's specific attention and professionalism.

"These people are on the frontline. I feel extremely privileged and grateful to have been looked after so well.

"This is due to the quality of care I was given night and day by doctors, nurses and other professionals in this ward including the non-medical staff.

"In my opinion they are the stars that I look up with total admiration.

"I will never forget their kindness and positivity, I am proud to have met them during my stay."

Serge had moved over from the North East. He had seen the Seascale property online and travelled over to view it.

The following day he put in an offer.

"I thought it was great and really liked the area so I put an offer in straight away," said Serge who is French-British and works as a supply teacher.

He was looking forward to settling in and exploring the area but had to go into hospital after his heart rate shot up to worrying levels.

"I didn't even know where the hospital was, I had to Google it.

"I then got a taxi and the driver was lovely," said Serge.

He had various tests and was put on medication to bring his heart rate down while he was closely monitored.

"The staff, on all levels, were amazing - their care and confidence. They felt like friends," he said.

He is feeling better and delighted to be settling into his new home.

"It's so good. I feel great and have been out every day.

"I'm looking at the scenery and can see the sea and beach.

"The people I have met are genuine and friendly. I intend to be part of the community and look forward to going for walks and also going to church."