Long-term health care protest held in Grand Falls-Wind­sor

Pro­test­ers look­ing to end prac­tice of send­ing pa­tients out of the com­mu­nity

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY PA­TRICK MUR­PHY

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.

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