Vic­to­ria Gen­eral can­cer ward ‘freez­ing cold,’ pa­tient’s rel­a­tive says

Truro Daily News - - PROVINCE - BY JOHN MCPHEE

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.

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