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Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby GordonH » Nov 15th, 2012, 3:06 pm

http://www.castanet.net/news/North-Okan ... one-doctor


Enderby has large retired population for its size so it will be hard on those who will be forced to drive to Vernon or Salmon Arm (if they can get family Doctor). Those with vehicles will manage, but those who's driving privileges have been removed will have hard time.
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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby Alvis » Nov 16th, 2012, 1:55 pm

They also have a hospital shortage. Think there is a link?
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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby gardengirl » Nov 16th, 2012, 5:42 pm

Alvis wrote:They also have a hospital shortage. Think there is a link?


Are you trying to be smart? Enderby used to have a hospital. It was closed several years ago.
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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby Alvis » Nov 16th, 2012, 6:58 pm

gardengirl wrote:
Alvis wrote:They also have a hospital shortage. Think there is a link?


Are you trying to be smart? Enderby used to have a hospital. It was closed several years ago.

Really?
Why did they close it down? That seems a silly move.

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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby gardengirl » Nov 17th, 2012, 11:18 am

gardengirl wrote:
Alvis wrote:They also have a hospital shortage. Think there is a link?


Are you trying to be smart? Enderby used to have a hospital. It was closed several years ago.

Alvis wrote:Really?
Why did they close it down? That seems a silly move.

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Indeed. In the last few years, many of the smaller hospitals have been closed.
Enderby had a hospital of some sort since 1910.
Enderby and Armstrong both had full service hospitals back to the 1960s or before.
The did minor surgeries, obstetrics, had emergency rooms.
Enderby had 3 or 4 full time doctors, including surgeon when I was a kid.
It was a 20 bed hospital which was attached to a 35 bed residential care facility.
It was closed about 10 years ago.
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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby danmartin » Nov 17th, 2012, 12:02 pm

:127:[/quote]

Indeed. In the last few years, many of the smaller hospitals have been closed.
Enderby had a hospital of some sort since 1910.
Enderby and Armstrong both had full service hospitals back to the 1960s or before.
The did minor surgeries, obstetrics, had emergency rooms.
Enderby had 3 or 4 full time doctors, including surgeon when I was a kid.
It was a 20 bed hospital which was attached to a 35 bed residential care facility.
It was closed about 10 years ago.[/quote]


I'm sure most of us remember when this was done (closing of small hospitals) by our new provincial government because it was much more efficient...LOL. Big city politicians not understanding small town needs. There have been many examples how this has been a bad move in the last ten years and this is just another one. Off topic but closing schools in small towns is another similar bad decision.
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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby Alvis » Nov 17th, 2012, 12:30 pm

danmartin wrote:

I'm sure most of us remember when this was done (closing of small hospitals) by our new provincial government because it was much more efficient...LOL. Big city politicians not understanding small town needs. There have been many examples how this has been a bad move in the last ten years and this is just another one. Off topic but closing schools in small towns is another similar bad decision.

It also no coincidence that the closure of many of these small hospitals has resulted in Doctor shortages a few years down the road.

Well it is nice to see at least one person remembers Enderby and District Hospital. I am rather disgusted when I hear long time Enderby residents say "We used to have a hospital?"
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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby gardengirl » Nov 17th, 2012, 1:33 pm

danmartin wrote:
I'm sure most of us remember when this was done (closing of small hospitals) by our new provincial government because it was much more efficient...LOL. Big city politicians not understanding small town needs. There have been many examples how this has been a bad move in the last ten years and this is just another one. Off topic but closing schools in small towns is another similar bad decision.


Alvis wrote:It also no coincidence that the closure of many of these small hospitals has resulted in Doctor shortages a few years down the road.

Well it is nice to see at least one person remembers Enderby and District Hospital. I am rather disgusted when I hear long time Enderby residents say "We used to have a hospital?"


Since the hospital was closed 10 years ago and was only recently demolished, I would wonder what you consider "long time" Enderby residents.
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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby Alvis » Nov 17th, 2012, 6:08 pm

gardengirl wrote:
danmartin wrote:
I'm sure most of us remember when this was done (closing of small hospitals) by our new provincial government because it was much more efficient...LOL. Big city politicians not understanding small town needs. There have been many examples how this has been a bad move in the last ten years and this is just another one. Off topic but closing schools in small towns is another similar bad decision.


Alvis wrote:It also no coincidence that the closure of many of these small hospitals has resulted in Doctor shortages a few years down the road.

Well it is nice to see at least one person remembers Enderby and District Hospital. I am rather disgusted when I hear long time Enderby residents say "We used to have a hospital?"




Since the hospital was closed 10 years ago and was only recently demolished, I would wonder what you consider "long time" Enderby residents.

Use your brain, what do you THINK a long term resident means?
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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby gardengirl » Nov 17th, 2012, 6:33 pm

gardengirl wrote:
danmartin wrote:
I'm sure most of us remember when this was done (closing of small hospitals) by our new provincial government because it was much more efficient...LOL. Big city politicians not understanding small town needs. There have been many examples how this has been a bad move in the last ten years and this is just another one. Off topic but closing schools in small towns is another similar bad decision.


Alvis wrote:It also no coincidence that the closure of many of these small hospitals has resulted in Doctor shortages a few years down the road.

Well it is nice to see at least one person remembers Enderby and District Hospital. I am rather disgusted when I hear long time Enderby residents say "We used to have a hospital?"




Since the hospital was closed 10 years ago and was only recently demolished, I would wonder what you consider "long time" Enderby residents.


Alvis wrote:
Use your brain, what do you THINK a long term resident means?


Well considering I was born in the Enderby Hospital, and my mother has been there for over 60 years...
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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby Alvis » Nov 17th, 2012, 6:52 pm

gardengirl wrote:
Well considering I was born in the Enderby Hospital, and my mother has been there for over 60 years...

So what do you think then? :127:
I've had people like you who tell me they can't remember their hospital.
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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby gardengirl » Nov 17th, 2012, 6:56 pm

Alvis wrote:
gardengirl wrote:
Well considering I was born in the Enderby Hospital, and my mother has been there for over 60 years...

So what do you think then? :127:
I've had people like you who tell me they can't remember their hospital.


I would say they have not been there very long. As I said, the hospital was closed, but the building was still there.
It was right on Hwy 97 so anyone who lives there should know about it.
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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby GordonH » Nov 17th, 2012, 7:07 pm

Alvis the former Enderby Hospital stood in this location:

http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=Enderby,+B ... 64,,0,0.14
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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby Alvis » Nov 17th, 2012, 8:11 pm

GordonH wrote:Alvis the former Enderby Hospital stood in this location:

http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=Enderby,+B ... 64,,0,0.14

I've only been in the area since the mid 70's so I guess I am too new to have known about the Enderby Hospital. :127:

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Re: Another area in IH with Doctor shortage

Postby bob vernon » Nov 18th, 2012, 1:58 pm

Not only have the small hospitals in Enderby and Armstrong closed, but the number of funded beds at the Vernon hospital has also been reduced. When you start adding the Enderby and Armstrong reductions to the Vernon reductions (now 148?), the shortfall is enormous.

The hospital in Armstrong was very valuable. It had an operating theatre and took some of the surgery pressure off of Vernon. But no more...... and the wait times get longer. And now we hear the Westside/Westbank/West Kelowna band is going to open a for-profit hospital. And the province just lets the slide continue.

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