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  • Ed
    April 18, 2013 - 14:23

    I agree that we should look seriously at any emergency dept in Canada that has improved their wait times as I believe their operation would more closely resemble ours. I would also want to look at what some of the US hospitals have done that works for them. We should then work to implement best practices here. I have spent some time at both HSC and St Clare's emergencies over the past couple of years and my personal experiences have been mostly good. There were however a couple of time when I was at the HSC with my father, who was 90 years old, that we experienced exactly the issues described in this column. He was left for a number of hours on a "bed" in the corridor waiting for an ambulance to take him back to the seniors home. I later found out after speaking to a doctor (who personally went to get the ambulance drivers) that they were just out near their entrance having a chat. When I spoke to the nurses who were working there, the only response I got was that they had notified the drivers that he was ready to go and that there was nothing else they were going to do about it. The lesson I learned from this was that "you need to speak up". While most all the emerg staff are excellent at the work they do, there are a few who should not be there.

  • saelcove
    January 28, 2013 - 13:12

    And they wonder where the word dumb comes from

  • Proud NLer
    January 27, 2013 - 21:27

    Here we go again the Ontarians thinking they run Canada!!! Don't forget boys Ontario is a have not province now and NL is a HAVE!

  • Ish Lundrigan
    January 26, 2013 - 22:06

    Yor gonna have a bottleneck in the ER with all the hypochondriacs got emerge blocked up. Sure, if their farts don't sound right the first thing they do is run off to emerge to get checked out.