To the Editor:
I would like to draw the attention of the Dawson Creek community to the tremendous resource we have locally in the facilities and staff of the Dawson Creek Hospital. I recently suffered a damaged hip which required a hip replacement so I underwent the “whole “ medical services experience. Two ambulance attendants arrived in record time to rescue me from a very painful position and smoothly transitioned me to the Emergency Room at the hospital. An expert staff there quickly made me comfortable late Saturday night (of course, this would happen on the weekend!) until x-rays could be taken to determine the severity of my problem.
Fortunately, we had an extremely capable and experienced surgeon available so I was booked for a hip replacement operation as soon as it was decided that the ball joint was too damaged for easy repair. I cannot speak too highly of the nursing staff at DC Hospital who took care of me through some very painful time, giving me concern and encouragement, not just dulling my pain with medication. They are a very busy staff but they make the extra effort to treat us as human beings, not just items to be fed, drugged and bathed.
Some lovely young ladies in the Licensed Practical Nurse program at NLC were doing a practicum on the Surgical Ward, helping where they could and learning “tricks of the trade” in making patients more comfortable. What a joy to see these bright cheerful young people who will soon be joining medical staffs somewhere. I am not alone in lauding all these people who make your medical journey more comfortable. I overheard other patients who were checking out commenting on what a positive experience they had at our hospital compared to other experiences in other cities.
So, to all of you who have been supporting Dawson Creek Community Hospital over the years by attending money-raising events to fund new facilities and/or equipment, your money has been well spent. If you are going to become ill or have an accident, Dawson Creek is the place where you’ll get the best and fastest help. Our local medical people will take good care of you.