"I first became aware of my symptoms in 1988. I started to suffer with stomach cramps and loose bowels whilst on holiday in Torquay. The stomach cramps lasted about four days but the loose bowels continued.
"I feel that if it had not been for Dr Ramakrishnan the tumour would not have been diagnosed"
"On my return home I made an appointment to see a consultant and over the years I have seen several consultants that could not find a cause and put it down to IBS and recommended that I have Buscopan injections. I had these injections for several years but the problems kept returning periodically.
"Four or five years ago I had an appointment to see Dr Subramaniam Ramakrishnan, consultant physician and gastroenterologist at Spire Cheshire Hospital.
"Dr Ramakrishnan performed a colonoscopy and found polyps on my colon; these were then operated on successfully at Spire Cheshire Hospital. However, this did not improve my condition so Dr Ramakrishnan prescribed medication to be taken each evening, and I noticed a slight improvement.
"Two years ago I again suffered a bad bout of cramps and diarrhoea and visited Dr Ramakrishnan again. He recommended that I have an MRI scan. This was very quickly carried out at Spire Cheshire Hospital.
"At the follow up consultation Dr Ramakrishnan informed me that he had found that I was suffering from a neuroendocrine tumour. This is a very rare cancer and is found on the outside of the intestine. He then arranged for me to see a specialist in this field of medicine.
"I saw the specialist in November 2012. Numerous blood tests and many different scans followed and then I was recommended to have neuroendocrine injections every month. I had an operation in June 2013 to remove part of the intestine as they were frightened of this causing a blockage. I made a good recovery from this operation and I will need to have the injections every month for the rest of my life.
"Dr Ramakrishnan was recommended to me by my GP. I received excellent support and guidance from Dr Ramakrishnan and from all the nurses and theatre staff at Spire Cheshire Hospital.
"I feel that it had not been for Dr Ramakrishnan the neuroendocrine tumour would not have been diagnosed. I thank him for sending me to an excellent oncologist who arranged for numerous tests to be done before starting me on the monthly injections and then arranging for me to me cared for by a surgeon who is a specialist in neuroendocrine tumours.
"Twelve months on from the operation I feel better than I have done for the past 25 years. Anyone else suffering with stomach problems, I would certainly recommend that they see Dr Ramakrishnan because he is very thorough, very easy to talk to and a very caring professional consultant."