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Letter: Husband receives care at Red Deer hospital

I feel I have to reply to a recent health care article in the Advocate about a man critical of wife’s treatment at Red Deer hospital.

My husband recently spent a week at the hospital with a serious health problem. I am grateful to the staff, nurses, doctors, technicians and specialists for finding and treating his illness.

Did he have to wait in the ambulance for admitting? Yes. Did he have to wait in emergency for a bed in a unit? Yes. But eventually he got the treatment he needed and I felt he was in the best place for his condition.

Because of the COVID pandemic, I was not able to be with him at the hospital so I relied on telephone calls for information about his condition and treatment.

One has to understand that out loved ones are not the only ones in their care and at times the waiting for information part is frustrating, but tests have to be performed, doctors need to interpret them, nurses have many patients to attend to and all of that can interfere with communication to the spouse.

I am grateful for the decision of the health care providers, from the paramedics that transported him to the hospital, the medical staff that treated him, the final discharge and the follow up he is receiving.

Thank you to all health care workers. You’re doing a tremendous job.

Lou Trudgeon, Red Deer

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