My wife recently had a leg amputation at Vancouver General Hospital. While in there for a nine-day period, she was given excellent care and the physio she needed.
Since I had to return to Kamloops on Aug. 1, VGH arranged a bed to RIH on Aug. 2 so she could have the daily physio she needed. When my wife arrived at RIH she was given the Christy Clark ward (hallway). A nurse we knew arranged a bed on Six South, as there were no beds available in the physio ward, Five North.
No problem — after three days and no physio, I spoke to the doctor on Five North who assured me she was on her radar and she would get some physio and a bed. After eight days still on Six South and no physio, I spoke to the same doctor on Five North and was told there were no beds on Five North.
I vented my displeasure by saying the system here sucks.
The doctor gave me her card with a note to complain to a certain lady, who I understand can do nothing but listen to complaints. She must have broad shoulders.
The next morning, Saturday, Aug. 10, my wife was sent home. I guess that was the solution.
We now go once a week as an outpatient for a one-hour session. That’s it.
The nurses do an excellent job, but I notice a big difference between RIH and VGH.
Nurses here must deal with dirty laundry, messy bed changes and administrative duties.
They work long hours and are often called in for extra shifts, because many of them book sick just to get a rest.
At VGH, the nurses only do nursing duties and there are orderly personnel who do other jobs not related to nursing. Interior Health needs more nurses and orderlies.
You have a board of directors who get six-figure salaries to run a failing system and do cost-cutting to satisfy government.
Terry Lake, I hope you read this, do a little thinking and help the growing number of people who have to use your health-care system.