Five years ago, I was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and Uveitis at 14 years old. I have tried numerous biological therapies, with most of them causing severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.

Three years ago I found a drug that worked by infusion which did not cause any major reactions.
While under the care of the children’s hospital, my veins became badly damaged through repeated, attempts at cannulation. It usually took ages to find a suitable vein and then it took three or four different staff members, numerous tries to fit the cannula. My hands and arms were always black and bruised.

After moving to the young person’s clinic at the in Birmingham, it was suggested that a portacath should be fitted to alleviate these problems.
After doing some research, I found Dr Paul Crowe. He was well recommended by various nurses and doctors in Birmingham.
Before meeting Dr Crowe, I was extremely anxious, but upon meeting him all of my anxieties disappeared.

Dr Crowe, is extremely professional, kind, and very caring. He made me feel very at ease and I felt able to discuss all of my concerns with him.
Dr Crowe explained the procedure in detail, taking his time to make sure I was happy with every step. He did not rush me and suggested to me to email him if I had anymore questions. I emailed him three times and he promptly replied every time.

When the day of the operation came, Dr Crowe came and saw me before surgery just to make sure I was still happy, and reassured me not to worry. When I came back to the ward after the portacath was fitted, I was smiling and very happy with it’s position. Now, at 10 weeks post op, the scar is minimal. The portacath sits under my collarbone and works perfectly. I have had no pain from it and I even forget that it is there. The nurses at my hospital have said that it is the best portacath they have ever seen (and they deal with a lot of them).
My advice to anyone that is having a portacath fitted is to make sure you find a surgeon that really cares about their patient. Dr Crowe is by far the best doctor I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is highly skilled and is definitely a perfectionist (you can tell this from how perfect my new portacath is!)

I cannot put into words how grateful I am to Dr Crowe. He has genuinely changed my life and I now feel that I can get on with my life and no worry about not being able to have my medication. Dr Crowe is the most amazing person I have ever met and I cannot thank him enough for everything he has done for me. He is a real life changer! 

Caitlin Horton – Portacath for long term intravenous medication

“I would like to thank Dr Crowe for all the care, understanding and compassion that he has shown to me and my family. He has a bedside manner that should be the envy of all and he is a truly gifted human being. He is so passionate, focused and driven in his field and from the moment I met him, I knew immediately that I was in the very best hands.”

Mrs Margaret Farrell, Beaconsfield