A concerned citizen has emailed Doug Donaldson about the care at Wrinch Memorial Hospital in Hazelton.
Jacob Beaton is a business consultant and and resident of the community. He send a letter to the MLA requesting a look into the hospital after his friend was mistreated after having a stroke.
Beaton’s friend Chuck Gray is a Gitxsan tree feller, father and husband. He was brought to the hospital after having what Beaton thought looked like a stroke.
Gray was discharged on 3 separate visits within a week without a diagnosis or any tests. He had attended the hospital two months previously to address some symptoms he was having then, and was not tested or diagnosed and released.
After having the initial stroke and visiting the emergency room, doctors from the hospital that attended Gray said he did not have any life threatening issues and sent him home although the man could barely talk and was lethargic.
Beaton took Gray back to the hospital and advocated on his behalf only to be sent to Terrace for a CT scan. Then Gray and his wife drove directly to Mills Memorial Hospital where he would undergo testing.
When all scans and tests came back abnormal, Gray was diagnosed to have had two strokes and is now in too unstable condition to be sent to Vancouver for further treatment.
Gray was told it would be a week before he could be flown out for medical treatment.
Beaton wants answers and has addressed an alleged issue that community members don’t feel comfortable using the hospital because of discrimination and mistreatment. In his letter he stated that many members go to Smithers or Terrace if they can make it.
The hospital has elevated his complaint and are now investigating in to the incident.