Craig To the editor:
In my line of work, I have spent quite some time in the emergency room at The Memorial Hospital.
I, personally, have been there twice as a patient. I have been in a position to hear many conversations between patients and their families/friends, and even out in our community in restaurants and stores. Wow, what an awakening.
People from outside this area are amazed and grateful for the care they receive, as well as the short amount of time they have to spend in the ER. In most other ERs, a minimum of a six-hour turn around time (the amount of time from admit to discharge) is amazingly quick.
On the other hand, I have heard people from our own community make some truly derogatory comments about the ER and the hospital in general. People here have become spoiled by the small community hospital. Ignorance is bliss? The Memorial Hospital has become busier by the day, and more so in the ER. There are those who do not care how busy it is: they want what they want and they want it now.
I am amazed at the comments I have heard from other patients when the ER staff is busy with a critically ill or injured patient.
Here is something to think about in these situations: Be grateful it is not you or a family member in critical condition. Do not whine because they haven't fed you and you haven't eaten in 16 hours. It's a hospital, not a restaurant, and there is a cafeteria just down the hall. If you come in with a sore throat that you have had for two weeks, it's a hospital, not a clinic.
Please be considerate of actual emergencies. I am sorry people, but get a clue. There is one doctor, one nurse, and one technician, and no room to support more staff. Try to be more compassionate and considerate towards others around you. Take heed of the word emergency in emergency room.
I have recently heard comments such as; "I don't know why they think they need a new hospital when they can't even handle the patients they have now." Talk about closed minded.
Think about it. A new facility will offer more room, more privacy, newer equipment, ability to use up to date technology, an ER nurses station that can allow more staff to care for more patients.
Yes, they do need a new hospital. We need a new hospital.
The emergency room staff has my sympathy and my admiration for what they do, how they handle some of the emergencies that come in, and how they put up with some of the people that come in. God Bless you all at The Memorial Hospital for all you do for us in this community, and for those who visit our community. If I need a hospital, I will choose The Memorial Hospital.
L J Davis