Victoria General cancer ward ‘freezing cold,’ patient’s relative says
Health officials are taking heat after patients endured “freezing cold” temperatures on a Halifax hospital cancer ward on the weekend.
“To me, it doesn’t make sense,” said Brenda Langille of New Glasgow, in an interview Tuesday. “We’re talking about a hospital with sick people who can’t go anywhere else . . . . It’s crazy.”
Langille’s cousin, who has cancer of the throat, was admitted to the Victoria General last Wednesday. After her surgery on Thursday, she returned to her room to find it “freezing cold,” Langille said.
“In fact, the whole wing has no heat and hasn’t since she came in on Wednesday. She has to get up and leave the wing and spend the whole day elsewhere in the hospital because of this. Her visitors can’t stay in the room.”
Hospital staff told patients and family that maintenance workers couldn’t fix the problem until Tuesday and that portable heaters would be placed in the rooms. But the heaters never arrived, Langille said.