Several people come forward with similar stories after CHEK News reported Saturday on a Nanaimo senior who was sent home from NRGH in a taxi with no one to care for her.
“When I saw the story I just about had a fit because it was exactly the same thing that happened to Debbie that happened to Edna.”
That is how Bobbie Torry reacted when she saw a CHEK News story Saturday on a Nanaimo senior who was sent home in a cab to an empty home, even as she was having a stroke.
Torry’s sister 58 year old Debbie went to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital at 4am April 19th also displaying stroke-like symptoms, feeling weak on one side, dizzy and nauseated.
“If she’d a gone home that night she would have died” said Torry.
Doctors spent 15 hours doctors trying to figure out what was wrong with Debbie.
“The questions were, have you been drinking? Have you been taking drugs and she must have told someone early one that she had taken a Benadryl that night because she was congested. How many Benadryl? And then the question to us was what does she do all day” explained Torry.
Then several hours later the ER team said it was time for Debbie to go home.
“At 7 o’clock at night he said to the nurse take the catheter out and he said sit up Debbie you’re going home” added Torry.
But in this case Debbie had several family members there to prevent that from happening.
On Statuary CHEK News reported on 75 year old Edna Cote who was misdiagnosed when she was also having a stroke then sent home in a cab to an empty home where the cab driver had to get her inside her house.
An alert friend recognized the symptoms the next day and Cote was taken back to hospital and has now fully recovered.
In Debbie’s case, the doctor suddenly clued in and when he asked her to raise her right arm several times she couldn’t and she was then sent to Victoria for treatment.
She is still in hospital recovering.
CHEK News questioned Health Minister Terry Lake about the complaints about NRGH.
“It’s a mistake and I know they will learn from it but we will send a letter to all health authorities reminding them of our vulnerable patient discharge policy. It’s not appropriate to send someone home under these kinds of conditions” said Lake.
But Bobbie Torry says she sent her own letters to Island Health in April and May complaining and asking for a change.
She now feels those letters were ignored.