Letter to editor

Letter: Who helps us navigate health system?

It is disturbing and traumatic to hear the goings on of these people who do this to themselves

To the editor:

After a five-week stint in KGH/Cottonwoods, I would like to make the public aware of things that definitely need changing in our health care.

It is not more “authority” or consolidation of services.

This fentanyl crisis needs to be handled at a separate location—not the hospital.

It is very disturbing and traumatic to hear the goings on of these people who choose to do this to themselves.

There needs to be consequences to their choices.

Encouraging them by being given antidotes, education and whatever else is not working, but it is encouraging them to “do it again” thinking they can survive….again.

And at what expense? And what are the stats of the long-term-care survivors?

Why do units/wards have no registered nurse or head nurse? When there is a crisis, where do we go? Who do we call? How do we navigate this health care system? What are the directives coming from the authority? Are the directives different for people over 65 or 70 years of age?

Why are there “user fees” for critical care people in rehab? Why are there two new doctors every four days in the hospital who may or may not see you ever again? Do they care?

Who is responsible to see you through your health issue? In my opinion, these “hospital doctors” need to be released into the communities of B.C. to provide access for care for each British Columbian.

Consolidation of health services will be a disaster and we are already experiencing that.

In our case, what should have been a few hours in emergency or possibly an overnight, turned into a life-threatening five week journey.

A big thank-you to all the nurses who are so helpful and gracious and kind.

Alvina Cormack, Kelowna