Ojibway chief upset at how a First Nation teen with ‘massive’ wound was treated in Kenora, Ont., hospital’s ER – CBC

May 05, 2022

Lake of the Woods hospital head says patient was treated within an hour, staff vacancies impacted wait times

A Kenora, Ont., hospital is investigating after the chief of Ojibways of Onigaming says a 13-year-old from his First Nation was left in the emergency room without immediate care for a “massive” wound, and a nurse told him to bandage it himself.

Jeff Copenace said he was called by the family to go to Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH) on April 25 to advocate for the teen. He said she had tried to harm herself, and she had already been waiting in the ER for more than 30 minutes when he arrived. When he approached the desk to get help, he said, a nurse handed him gauze and tape.

“I was shocked that [the girl] was sitting there with an open wound and not even like a social worker talking to her, anyone rushing to her aid,” Copenace told CBC News, adding the girl is now doing well and at home.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/copenace-complaint-kenora-hospital-1.6440850

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