Hospital needs the right tools

Hospital needs the right tools

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know what you mean

Georgetown, Canada

#1 Mar 27, 2014
Hospital needs the right tools

I have just finished reading another glowing article patting ourselves on the back about the hospital expansion.
I wish I could join in the chorus but unfortunately I can’t.
My wife, who has since died, was on the list for a lung transplant.
She woke up early one morning in severe pain.
She said she thought one of her lungs had collapsed and it turned out she was right. Because of the inflexible EMS system in Ontario she could not go to Toronto General so she was taken to Georgetown.
The doctor in Emergency agreed it was a collapsed lung but said he couldn’t insert a tube until he was assisted by an anesthetist.
Unfortunately there wasn’t one available so they had to call one in. Almost one hour later he arrived, complete with a Tim Hortons coffee.
The procedure was performed but when my wife started to bloat up they called for the Ornge helicopter and its team repositioned the tube so that it was correctly placed before making the 20-minute flight to Toronto.
My wife didn’t die because of this incident but it sure didn’t help.
The only point I am trying to make is that unless we have the staff and skills available, this wonderful new facility will never live up to its potential so there had better be some additional funding for the soft side of the equation.
Paul Skinner,
what else could happen

Georgetown, Canada

#2 Mar 28, 2014
local MPP part of blame

Georgetown, Canada

#3 Mar 28, 2014

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