TYNE VALLEY – The co-chair of the Friends of Stewart Memorial Hospital, Lynden Ellis, was left looking at the cup-half-full following Friday’s meeting at Stewart Memorial between representatives of Tyne Valley and area health care groups and officials from Health P.E.I.
Representatives of the Friends, the Stewart Memorial Foundation, the Auxiliary and Lennox Island Band Council had asked Health P.E.I. to take a look at what ambulatory care services that were at Stewart Memorial Hospital can be transferred to the Tyne Valley Health Centre now that Stewart Memorial has been converted to a long term care facility.
“They relented a little, Elis reported.
But he added Health P.E.I. is still deliberating on the three big services the community representatives want at the health centre, ECGs, X-rays and IVs.
“It’s going to be a battle to keep them,” Ellis said, noting the health centre does not currently have the nursing staff to run them.
“It’s gone so far; it’s hard to turn the corner,” he admitted.
But what bothers the Friends co-chair is that the changes being made at Stewart Memorial are not expected to save government any money. He suggested the region would have been better off if government had left things well enough alone.
Ellis said Auxiliary member Thelma Phillips led off with an impassioned presentation and suggested government come up with some sort of pilot project that would help maintain the services that were already available in the community.