Philip Dicks, 64, was filling his car with petrol from a jerry can in a lay-by on the A1 at Eaton Socon when he was struck by a lorry. The driver failed to stop but a following lorry did as well as a car carrying three off-duty policemen and the badly-injured grandfather was rushed to hospital. He told The Hunts Post: If it wasnt for [Hinchingbrooke] hospital, I wouldnt be here. Mr Szabolcs Gergely, Mr Arpit Patel and the whole ICU teamif it wasnt for them I would be dead. Mr Dicks, of Sawtry, is soon to be discharged after 11 weeks in hospital. Since the accident, in the early hours of June 14, Mr Dicks has undergone seven operations and spent time in both Addenbrookes and Hinchingbrooke hospitals. He believes our hospitals are under attack and wants to praise the doctors and nurse for the excellent care they provide. Im sick and tired of picking up the newspaper, both local and national, and reading about the nasty things that happen, he said. Its about time somebody fought back. Theres a silent majority that goes through this hospital and get it right. Only a minority complain like mad. first, it was uncertain whether Mr Dicks would survive his injuries. The first day they told my wife I had hours, he said. The second day Mr Gergely said I dont know and on the third he said Weve got him. It was the care the nurses gave me that pulled me round. Im nobody special, Im just a normal patient. Thats why I get so emotional about it. I just cant praise them enough. I am so lucky to be alive. Hinchingbrooke should be a centre of excellence. Its where all the hard work is and where all the resources should be put. As well as a fractured pelvis, Mr Dicks was left with a gaping wound to his backside. Basically, I dont have a bum it was sliced off by the lorry. The surgeon did a fantastic job but if you dont keep the wounds clean and properly dress them, all that good work would be for nothing. After being hit but the lorry, Mr Dicks was pushed into the middle of the A1. As luck would have it, following up this lorry was another one who saw me and stopped. God must have been on my side that day because after that lorry were three off-duty policemen in a car. They all jumped out. The first directed traffic, the second called the emergency services and the third policeman got me in the recovery position and held my hand. I remember getting into the ambulance and then waking up three weeks later. Mr Dicks has not seen those three police officers since the accident but hopes the men will be recognised for their actions. He said: I have asked my daughter to e-mail the police and recommend that those policemen get a chief constables commendation. Mr Dicks is now looking forward to going home to his wife of 42 years, Jackie. Its a matter of getting a care package together because I can only just walk Im learning to walk again. I dont know how my wife has coped while I have been in hospital. She finishes work, comes here to see me then goes home to pack because we are moving house. I dont understand how she does it. He also had a message for the Department of Health. I want the NHS to put their money here [Hinchingbrooke Hospital]. All the money goes to grand Addenbrookes-type hospitals, all their centres of expertise, which is fine and dandy. But 70 per cent of what gets you better is how you are looked after. Its not the surgeons or doctors, as important as they are, its the nurses.