Following the provincial declaration of a State of Emergency due to the wildfires burning across the province, the Sylvan Lake and Area Urgent Care Committee have made the decision to postpone the urgent care rally scheduled for May 25. The decision came after much careful deliberation, with committee members feeling it is the right option at this time.
The committee asks that until a date is set later in 2016 for the rally, that residents continue with the letter writing campaign.
A message from Susan Samson – Chair, Sylvan Lake and Urgent Care Committee
SHARE YOUR “EMERGENCY VISIT” STORY
Many of you have one. Tell us what happened. What type of medical attention did you need? What time of day/night did it happen? Where did you go. How long did it take?If you thought you should seek medical attention, but didn’t, tell us why.
STAND UP FOR YOUR URGENT CARE CENTRE NOW
Your stories will be crucial in asking the Government to acknowledge our dire need for expanded health services.
HOW DO YOU SUBMIT/SHARE YOUR STORY?
Alternatively, you may phone Joanne at the Town (403)887-2141 and sign up to be part of our video that shows real people telling their medical stories.
An open letter from a concerned grand mother
To Whom It May Concern,
Two years ago on a long weekend, my eight year old grandson was visiting us in Sylvan Lake. He got his foot caught in the pedal part of an exercise bike. He was a young diver with Dive Calgary and very tough after having fallen off mats and broken his wrists. He was in pain like I’ve never seen him before.
We were panic stricken, and all I could think of was getting him to the doctor – right now. There was a note on our doctor’s office to call a doctor on call. We did immediately and within ten minutes that wonderful doctor was at this office downtown and took wonderful care of my little grandson.
He did leave on crutches and still in pain, but we were all so thankful for the medical care we had in Sylvan Lake. Now I would anticipate a four hour emergency room with lots of sick people. We are very, very disappointed and worried about our quality of health care in Sylvan Lake now, especially with summer coming and the thousands of visitors we get at the lake.
I am asking the Alberta Government to reverse their decision on denying urgent care in Sylvan and to consider the burden this will put on a the hospitals in our area who can’t even look after the people in their immediate communities. This is not a good decision on the Alberta Government’s part and it’s time they started making good decisions for the people.