The Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James. FILE
Cornwall Regional Hospital in poor health
"I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required avoiding those twin traps of over treatment and therapeutic Nihilism." Hippocratic Oath (Modern Version)
I am disgusted, appalled and concerned about the state of affairs at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, after hearing three separate incidents affecting different members of the Dennis family at the hospital in the last six months.
The first incident occurred after a family member visited his private doctor for a routine check-up. It was discovered by his doctor that his blood pressure was very high and he also had a high glucose level. He was notified and subsequently sent to the hospital to be monitored. He was immediately admitted to the hospital based on the urgency of his complications and he was placed on a hospital ward.
However, he was not seen by a doctor for three days. Ironically, it was not until a member of the family who is in the medical profession and living in Kingston began to inquire as to why her relative was not seen or monitored that he received some attention. Is this the exception at Cornwall Regional or is it the norm?
The second incident occurred in April 2014 after a different family member, visiting from Kingston, complained of chest pains. He was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was seen by a female medical intern who diagnosed that he had suffered a heart attack. Shortly after, the cardiologist came and examined him.
He told the family that the intern was wrong and he diagnosed acid reflux and the patient was sent home without medication. On his return to Kingston, the following day he went to his doctor. His doctor discovered, after examining his X-ray, that he had had a massive heart attack and he was immediately sent to the University Hospital for surgery to repair the heart. Is this incompetence, negligence or a mistake?
The third incident occurred last week after another family member was cutting his father's lawn and was accidentally injured. A bandage was applied at the house and he was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital because the cut was bleeding profusely. In addition, he was hypotensive. He was ushered into Accident and Emergency at 4 p.m., and was seen by medical personnel at 5:30 the following morning.
The doctor gave him no medication, nor was his cut bandaged. Although it was still bleeding, he was simply told to return to the hospital at 8:30 a.m. for stitches to be applied. He did not return to the hospital; he went to a private doctor instead.
It seems as if the doctors at Cornwall Regional have forgotten that every human being deserves a modicum of respect. The levels of insensitivity and incompetence are ridiculously high! This is a shame and disgrace! But don't worry, some lawsuits may be pending.