Letter: Worst cases need help first

Dear Editor,

As a person who has been in LMH emergency five times in the past week, for at least five to six hours per visit I feel compelled to defend all the staff from the first three windows you see, and the people helping sort out everything, plus the doctors trying to cope with all the different cases and the care I received while there. 

True, I saw people who needed care. A doctor is needed in the waiting room, or even an RN to access patrons as to who needs to enter first, according to severity of conditions.

Many cases do not require emergency care, and are causing a backlog, as in the example of the nine-month-old boy’s finger [Family questions wait at Langley hospital, July 18, www.langleyadvance.com]. 

I, for one, would not mind being skipped over to treat someone worse off than myself. 

Tom Tonks, Langley

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