When is Carbonear General Hospital going to get the picture?

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When is Carbonear General Hospital going to get the picture?

In the past year I have had two occasions to have to go to the Emergency department.
What a horrific experience that has been to say the least! A three to five hour wait is the norm in this Emergency room, and I was informed there is only one doctor on duty.

Recently while in Emergency, at one point a nurse came out and read off the names of about six or seven people, getting no response. Obviously they had to give up the wait and leave before being treated.

Someone should do some research into this and see how many people have to leave without treatment after waiting five to six hours. The system they seem to have in place is questionable to say the least. I mean people waiting for hours - sitting there perhaps in pain - only to see someone else come in and go right on through.

I realize there are priorities, but why can't they call in another doctor when they see the waiting room full? People there with sick children or the elderly should not have to wait for five to six hours to be seen in this day and age.

Let's get a campaign going - people writing letters to the hospital administrator and our Minister of Health and making them aware that we just will NOT put up with this sort of treatment in our own hospital when so many of us help raise funds towards this hospital to be available for us when an emergency arises.

Linda Walker,
Winterton

Organizations: Carbonear General Hospital, Emergency department

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  • alanna carpenter
    December 27, 2013 - 19:22

    Excuse me but lets try 9 hours waiting the 2 times i've had the misfortune to have to go to carbonear general hospital! I moved home from Ont. over a year ago and am unable to get a Dr. even the walk in clinics are rediculous!

  • alanna carpenter
    December 27, 2013 - 19:21

    Excuse me but lets try 9 hours waiting the 2 times i've had the misfortune to have to go to carbonear general hospital! I moved home from Ont. over a year ago and am unable to get a Dr. even the walk in clinics are rediculous!

  • alanna carpenter
    December 27, 2013 - 19:21

    Excuse me but lets try 9 hours waiting the 2 times i've had the misfortune to have to go to carbonear general hospital! I moved home from Ont. over a year ago and am unable to get a Dr. even the walk in clinics are rediculous!

  • Frank
    July 06, 2010 - 16:47

    One does not have to live next door to hospitals to hear about the very poor healt care programs and service. This is not only happening around Newfoundland and Labrador, but everywhere across the country. The health care programs are not geared for the growing polulation. we hear the same complaints here in Ontario!

    We have not only lost some good doctors, nurses and services, but the art of Compassion has left with them as well.

    Doctors and nurses are human, but gouvernments still think they are machines.
    I love the TV program House as the cheif doctor himself gets things done.
    I have worked with some of the best physicians in Canada over the years, I have never seen matters as bad as they are today.

    Frank Blackwood,

    **Former health care professional**

  • Don't believe the Hype
    July 06, 2010 - 16:47

    Things are the same across the country. People often complain here in PEI about the 5 hour wait at emergency to see a doctor.

    However, keep in mind it is an emergency department, not a walk in clinic. A child with a sore throat is not an emergency, and those that left were obviously not emergencies either. Many pharmacies have walk in clinics. I can't say for sure, but I think the Shopper's in Bay Roberts has one most days.

  • Doreen
    July 06, 2010 - 16:47

    I am aware how busy hospital emergency departments are. I am also aware that they are used as walk-in clinics. If a nurse called several patients who had gone home, then they did not need to be in an emergency department at all. A few months ago I unfortunately needed emergency care around midnight. I was seen immediately while the waiting room was full of people waiting. Most of them could have gone home to sleep and go to a clinic during the day. Let's leave ER's for emergencies!!