Rules and regulations
Some “ridiculous” regulations need to change according to one letter writer.
Dear Edtior, Every now and again, something bugs me enough that I have to let others know. This is another one that requires public attention.
Saturday, Dec. 19 was a bad night to be out on the roads. Severe weather warnings had been issued by Environment Canada, and freezing rain, left a sheet of ice on everything.
You can only imagine what it was like going across the Heart’s Content barrens.
My mom, who lives in a seniors’ home in Winterton was taken to the Carbonear Hospital late in the afternoon by an ambulance. Her sugar was very low. They stabilized her and told me I need not wait; they would send her back to the home. I told them to send her back by ambulance, because the roads were really bad and I was waiting for a part for my back breaks, and I could not drive far. They said they would take care of it. I left to go get my son from hockey.
I received a call a short time later from the manager of the seniors’ home. She said the hospital had called her and said they could not order an ambulance for someone who can walk. They could not put her in a taxi because she has Alzheimer’s. They also refused to keep her overnight. They said it would cost around $400. They told the manager that if she did not come to get her, they would write in the file that the home refused to get her. I’m not sure what they planned to do if the manager didn’t come to get her, let her walk out the door? I could not take her overnight; she needs four insulin injections a day. I had no supplies and I am not trained to give needles.
The seniors’ home manager had to call around to get someone to drive her across the barrens late at nigh in the freezing rain, because she was too scared to drive herself.
Not only did the hospital put my mom’s life in danger, but also they put the manager’s life in danger along with the driver of the car.
This regulation, rule or whatever it is, is absolutely ridiculous and needs to be corrected, considering our winter weather, especially when it involves having to travel across the Heart’s Content barrens. Victoria Harnum