In praise of our caregivers

Editor:

I have been meaning to write to you for some time now, but it’s hard for me to make the time.

Editor:

I have been meaning to write to you for some time now, but it’s hard for me to make the time.

I have never written to a paper before but felt this was important enough I needed to do it.

I wanted to write about an experience we had with Peach Arch Hospital back in May. My father had been in and out of hospitals over the last couple of years, and we had become very accustomed to the lack of professionalism, care and compassion we had all been treated with in other hospitals.

My parents had just moved here from Richmond to be closer to the family and were concerned about changing doctors, etc. A week after my parents had moved, my father took a turn for the worst and he ended up in Peace Arch Hospital.

On one particular evening, my father was feeling depressed and discouraged and I told him I would come back early the next day, as I was sure he would feel different in the morning. I was sure that since I was coming before what we were used to being “visiting hours” that the staff was going to be upset with me, but I didn’t care.

As I was walking down the hall, the staff greeted me. I was shocked. As I went by the nurses’ station, they asked me if there was anything I needed.

I had become so accustomed to nurses ignoring me and being annoyed by me asking questions that I mentioned it to my family, and they all had the same pleasant experience.

The nurses said they actually encouraged family to come by as often as they wished, as it was good for the patient. And they had him in a private room, not a ward like all the other hospitals.

Was it possible there still was a hospital around that actually had compassion for their patients and for what their family was going through when possibly saying goodbye to a loved one?

Yes there is, and it is Peace Arch Hospital that provided us with a loving warm environment to say goodbye to our father, husband, opa and great-opa on May 19 of this year.

Thanks to both doctors and nurses for putting in the extra effort and not treating my dad like a second-class citizen, like so many of the other hospitals had.

The people of White Rock and Surrey are lucky to have you.

Yvonne Van Gelderen, Surrey

• • •

Recently I have been dealing with a shocking medical condition which has sent me reeling as I have previously had a good constitution.

I have nothing but praise for my doctor and the staff of Peace Arch Hospital in their prompt reaction to my problem.

The tests I needed were expedited within the week, and I felt that things were progressing well – until the test results were suddenly stalled.

My understanding from the doctor was that the transcription at Peace Arch Hospital is now taking up to three weeks for CT scans.

This is not acceptable for people whose results are necessary for referring them to specialists and for whom reaction time is very important.

Our population is aging and will continue to do so.

Peace Arch Hospital and Fraser Health need to plan for the continuous increase in the number of medical tests, as older people are bound to need more attention.

Why not hire a few more transcriptionists to handle the workload? This would surely be a fairly inexpensive way to ease the stress that patients and doctors are already under when faced with possible life-threatening conditions.

E. Spencer, Surrey

• • •

I recently had to be rushed to the emergency ward at Peace Arch Hospital with an illness and ended up spending five days in the acute-care ward for seniors.

I would like to compliment the nurses and support staff, and say thank you for the wonderful treatment I received.

They treated me like I was their own grandpa.

Ralph E. Johnson, Surrey

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sources team members (left to right) Carrie Belanger, Abby Gemino, Tatiana Belyaeva, Yasmin de Joya-Pagal cheer during the 2020 Coldest Night of the Year event. This year’s event will be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sources photo)
White Rock’s Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser goes virtual

Annual walk raises funds for variety of Sources programs and services

An Amica White Rock resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine during a Jan. 15, 2021 clinic. (Tracy Holmes photo)
PHOTOS: South Surrey seniors grateful for ‘freedom’ of COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination clinics at Fraser Health long-term and assisted-living sites were to wrap up Jan. 15

Surrey Council Chambers. (File photo)
Surrey city councillors complain not enough public input in committees

City has gone ‘exactly the opposite direction,’ Councillor Brenda Locke charges

A Transit Police officer and another driver were injured on Nov. 4 in a traffic crash while the officer was responding to another officers call for help catching a man who escaped custody. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Police watchdog investigating Surrey crash that injured transit cop, another driver

Crash happened 11 p.m. Nov. 4, at 128th Street and 93rd Avenue in Cedar Hills

Friends and family of murder victim Paul Prestbakmo wore memorial masks outside Surrey Provincial Court Jan. 14, 2021. (From left) Family friend Tyler Whitley, sister Angela Prestbakmo, childhood friend Jimmy Slater, brother Steve Prestbakmo, Semiahmoo First Nation councillor Roxanne Charles and sister Liz Prestbakmo. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Two accused in 2019 South Surrey murder were ‘really angry,’ pacing at party: witness

‘We had this really strong gut feeling that something was really wrong’

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

Most Read