Grate­ful for su­perb med­i­cal carea

The Compass - - Editorial - — Roger Fudge writes from St. Al­ban’s

Fre­quently we hear neg­a­tive sto­ries re­gard­ing our health-care sys­tem and ac­cess to timely med­i­cal treat­ment and/or pro­ce­dures. A mem­ber of my im­me­di­ate fam­ily, on the other hand, re­cently had rea­son to seek treat­ment in sev­eral dif­fer­ent fa­cil­i­ties, by mul­ti­ple med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers across the prov­ince, and re­ceived - with­out ex­cep­tion - the ab­so­lute best care that one could wish for.

This all started with a rou­tine check at the Med­i­cal Clinic in St. Al­ban’s that iden­ti­fied a pos­si­ble is­sue war­rant­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and sub­se­quently a referral for a bat­tery of tests at the Cen­tral New­found­land Re­gional Hospi­tal in Grand Falls-Wind­sor. The wait times for th­ese pro­ce­dures, al­though stress­ful, were cer­tainly un­der­stand­able and they were, in my opin­ion, per­formed in a rea­son­able time frame. This led to an in­va­sive med­i­cal pro­ce­dure at that fa­cil­ity and a referral for fur­ther treat­ment to the Health Sci­ences Cen­tre in St. John’s.

At the HSC, we had the good for­tune to be re­ferred to Dr. Michael Ho­gan and his tremen­dous staff for ma­jor surgery that re­sulted in an ex­tended stay. The care we re­ceived from the staff at the HSC, pre-, dur­ing and post-op­er­a­tive on 4 North B was ex­cep­tional, and once again speaks to the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the per­son­nel who work in the med­i­cal field and is a tes­ta­ment to our med­i­cal sys­tem in this prov­ince.

While we all have, on oc­ca­sion, com­plained about wait times and other is­sues within the health-care sys­tem in this prov­ince, I think we have to re­al­ize we live in a ge­o­graph­i­cally di­verse prov­ince with a de­cen­tral­ized pop­u­la­tion and have to ta­per our ex­pec­ta­tions given the fis­cal sit­u­a­tion we now find our­selves in.

I will close by stat­ing that I think it is in­cum­bent on us all to oc­ca­sion­ally ac­knowl­edge the great, car­ing per­son­nel who strive ev­ery day to pro­vide a vi­tal ser­vice to our prov­ince and I ex­press my sin­cere thanks for their ef­forts to ad­dress the is­sues our fam­ily ex­pe­ri­enced.

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