Hours on the floor, crashing in a fevered haze: N.S. residents share more stories of ER ordeals – CBC

Premier Tim Houston says ‘shame on anyone’ who suggests good care isn’t available in N.S.

Aug 26, 2022

Nova Scotians continue to share stories of ordeals in the province’s hospitals, experiences that lead to consequences more serious than just a long wait for care.

Missy Johnson, who lives in Lower Sackville, said her father got into a car accident when he was sent away — despite a fever — from the Cobequid Community Health Centre because the ER was closing.

Johnson said her father, Dave Piccot, was taken to the hospital by ambulance earlier this month after developing a fever. After waiting nearly eight hours, he was told he had an infection that doctors couldn’t locate. He was told to leave because the department was closing, and to return the next morning.

On his return trip the next day, he passed out during the drive and crashed into a telephone pole. He spent two days at the Cobequid Health Centre before being transferred to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre.

“They never should have sent him home,” said Johnson. “Why would you send a 79-year-old man, who has an infection in his body and a fever, home?”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/emergency-department-long-wait-healthcare-1.6562169

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