Couple's complaints force better treatment

 

A Fort Nelson couple endured a harrowing experience after a recent emergency C-section.

Lisa Currie had a baby girl in a Prince George Hospital, in late August. The baby had to be kept in the intensive care unit, but Currie was discharged a few days later, says her husband John Currie.

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Since she was no longer a patient in the hospital and did not have a place to stay at in the city, he says she had to go to the home care office to have her dressings changed.

He says because she was staying with their new daughter in the hospital, she had to travel across town every day just to have the dressings changed, causing her a lot of pain from the movement.

Currie was also concerned because his wife was in a lot of pain, and she felt she needed to take strong painkillers. However, she didn’t want to take them while breastfeeding because of the harmful effects they could have on the baby.

That’s when he decided to post on the City of Fort Nelson’s blog about his concerns.
Within the same day, City Councillor Kim Eglinski got involved. Although she declined to discuss the specifics of the case, she says the problem the Curries were facing was resolved.

Currie says his wife’s situation was addressed quite quickly – in fact, the very day Eglinski became involved.

Lisa Currie is now able to stay with her newborn in the hospital and get her dressings changed at the hospital.

Northern Health was also instrumental in helping address the family’s concerns, says Currie.

Chris Morey, Health Service Administrator for Northern Health in Fort Nelson, also declined to comment on a specific case. However, she says when a resident has a concern that is brought to Northern Health’s attention it is addressed and alternative arrangements can often be made.

Currie says although he doesn’t know if other people may have been in similar situations, he encourages anyone having a problem with a hospital to speak up and contact the health authority.

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