Letter to the Editor - Local staff override Regina doctor

Dear Editor:

On November 1, 2012 I had my second hip surgery by Regina specialist Dr. Rodwan. The doctor knowing my state of health precisely stated in his discharge order which I obtained from Medical records, Regina, that I was to be transferred by ambulance to the Yorkton Hospital where I would receive medical care I required not nursing home. The doctors order was not honoured or accepted by the Yorkton Hospital. It is of my opinion that Yorkton's medicare services are totally undermining the orders of the doctor. If the doctor has no say as to his patients well being, I find it hard to believe the administration is more knowledgeable of my health status then the doctor. Sunrise Regional Health is seriously disrespecting and violating our doctors orders and the health of the patient! It is of my opinion Yorkton's no bed policy has to be the worst in Saskatchewan and it is of my opinion that Yorkton residents are definitely not proud of our Yorkton's hospital administration. The only trust and faith in todays society is our doctor even this faith is being taken away from us by unconcerned administrative staff.

Do we need a new hospital? I question this undertaking. If we are not going to increase the bed capacity and if we are not going to recruit an orthopedic surgeon, what are we gaining with new steel and mortar? It takes five trips to go into Regina to have hip surgery. At our age (80's) some of us have no means of transportation and no one to care for us after surgery. I am one of those, the greatest drawback for the administrative staff is they paint every one with the same brush, and have an absence of thought. I had no option, home care is not the answer I need 24 hour service. There is no problem if you have an option. I received no care by Sunrise Hospital on my first surgery Mar. 15/11, after five day surgery, having no mobility I was discharged and sent home to an unsafe environment in harms way. The write up in Yorkton This Week paper continually informs us the patient and their safety is their first priority, not in my case. I was duped, especially on my last surgery, because I was so confident with myself since I had arrangements made with Yorkton Sunrise staff prior to my surgery also with Dr. Rodwan's say that all procedures were in place and I would have the best of health care, not so. I would have never had to have my second hip surgery if I had received the care I was entitled to with my first hip surgery. If Yorkton's Sunrise medical administrative personnel makes no improvement in offering better placement and care of patient. I suggest they take an upgrading course in administrative placement and care of patient.

Pauline Katchuk
Yorkton, SK

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