"I have been overweight for many years and this has affected my health with my high blood-pressure and mobility problems. I had been referred to the hospital by my doctor for a gastric band but due to financial cutbacks I was unable to be treated under the NHS.
"I met Mr Simon Monkhouse at East Surrey Hospital and he suggested I go to an open evening at Spire Gatwick Park. I found the evening very informative and decided that a gastric sleeve was the best option for me.
"I found all the staff very helpful and felt reassured by them that I had made the right decision and would receive the best care.
"I was on a liver reducing diet for five weeks prior to the operation. The operation was very successful and my recovery was better than I thought. All the staff were very caring and attentive during my stay.
"My recovery at home has been steady and I continue to lose weight. I have now lost over four and a half stone since my first meeting in October 2014."