I would like to offer my thanks and kudos to all the staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
So many negative things are said about our health care and hospitals in general. When I moved here from Tsawwassen, one of my deepest wishes was to never land up in Surrey Memorial. I take all of this back.
Yes, I was in great pain with a gallstone that had travelled into my pancreas. It did take seven hours before I had a CT scan. I was given something for pain quite soon.
Even so, as I was in hospital for five days – two days in the hub-bub of ER – I saw nothing but loving care on part of both nurses and doctors.
Regardless of status, the patient and not-so-patient patients were given their undivided attention, and if there was a quiet moment where the nurses had the opportunity to exchange a few pleasantries with one another, it was well-deserved.
I would say much the same about the ambulance driver and attendant.
My faith has been restored in a system that works. And yes, in an ideal world, each person would get care as soon as they arrive. We are people with an entitlement, so we think.
I hereby appeal to all my fellow citizens that even though we may not have a comfortable bed right away, we are so blessed in this country.
May you all have the merriest of Christmases – a wish from a grateful citizen.