But over the next five days, his condition deteriorated. Mr Chitty recalls collapsing while out feeding his chickens on March 26, an ambulance was called and paramedics took to Frimley Park Hospital.
Mr Chitty took a swab test for COVID-19 as soon as he arrived in hospital. A couple of days later it was confirmed that the result was positive, Mr Chitty was then moved onto the high dependency ward.
“I had a nurse with me all the time. I had a heart monitor, then they put me on oxygen. They were just amazing. Those doctors and nurses were on a mission, right from the cleaners all the way up. They were so determined to get me better,” he said.
Reflecting on his stint in hospital, which he is “still coming to terms with”, Mr Chitty said the care from the NHS staff was “out of this world”.
“I’m just so lucky that there was just such a good team of doctors and nurses. They saved my life. I can’t thank them enough,” he said.
“I have seen it with my own eyes how hard they work. You knew they wanted the best outcome – to get you better,” Mr Chitty added.
Mr Chitty’s family, grateful for the care given, has set up a fundraising page on social media for the hospital.
Donations will go to Frimley Health Charity Covid-19 Fund.