Long-term health care protest held in Grand Falls-Windsor
Protesters looking to end practice of sending patients out of the community
A small, but vocal, group of protesters set up on the grounds of the Central Regional Health Care Facility in Grand Falls-Windsor July 19 to bring attention to the shortage of long term beds in the community.
Organized by Grand FallsWindsor Town Councilor Mike Browne and resident John Burke, the group hopes to end the practice of sending longterm care patients outside of their home community.
According to a spokesperson from Central Health, the Carmelite House in Grand Falls-Windsor currently has 64 long-term care beds. The facility serves a population of approximately 14,171 people.
As of the latest census, Gander boasted a total population of 11,688 citizens and 101 longterm care beds.
However, the facility in Botwood has 77 long-term care beds for only 2,763 people as previously reported in The Advertiser.
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“We understand currently the government is reviewing the level of health care for all of central Newfoundland,” Browne told the Advertiser. “This is a good time to let those guys know if they are looking at the population numbers and the level of health care, Grand Falls-Windsor is the obvious spot for level three health care beds.”
The issue has personally affected both Brown and Burke, and they are not alone among the protestors in their shared experience.
Grand Falls-Windsor resident Peter Higgins told the Advertiser about his brother Patrick. Higgins says a shortage of beds forced Patrick’s relocation to a health care facility in Harbour Breton. Far from the relative familiarity of the Central Regional Health Care Facility in Grand Falls-Windsor. Higgins believes the emotion strain on patients is too much.
“He wouldn’t get out of the bed down there,” said Higgins. “He couldn’t walk down there but up here he could walk… that was enough for me.”
For two weeks Higgins’ brother stayed at the facility in Harbour Breton, and for those two weeks he remained in his bed. He says it may just be there was nothing for his brother to get out of bed for, or worse, for fear.
“He was best kind of up here in the hospital in Grand FallsWindsor,” said Higgins. “They shipped him down to Harbour Breton, down there he knew nobody. All different surroundings and people, and he just lost it.”
Now back at Carmelite House in Grand Falls-Windsor, Higgins says his brother is again thriving and walking.
“He’s number one,” said Higgins. “Happy as can be.”
A group of roughly 30 protestors gathered outside the Central Regional Health Care Facility in Grand Falls-Windsor July 19 to protest a shortage of longterm care beds in town.