Written by Norma Ford
Why do I have an interest in the Carleton Place Hospital? My first experience with the Carleton Place Hospital was in 1963 after giving birth to my 1st child. The nurse during the 4 to 12 shift stayed with me well past her shift ended because of the devotion she had to her patients. I later learned she did not receive overtime for her efforts, and that nurse was Mrs. Fleming, which should be no surprise to anyone in our area.
When I delivered my 2nd child at the , the nurse almost delivered the baby, just as the doctor came in. Mrs Fran Rintoul, was another caring nurse that everyone knew and loved and exceeded in what was expected of her.
Over the years, a few operations later, one of which I thought I was dying and was sent to the 2nd floor (the dying floor as I saw it), the nurses on duty upstairs, calmed my fears and convinced me I wasn’t dying–again fantastic care. I must mention my doctor through all these events, was an extremely good doctor who made his visits daily and left his orders for the nurses to follow. But, as we all know it is the nurses who the work falls too – to look after all the patients.
A few years ago, I had occasion to go to the Smiths Falls emergency 3 times, sent home each time even though I was in extreme pain. I immediately went to the CP Hospital, and within an hour, was fixed and out the door because of a caring nurse who knew what she was doing. Don’t get me wrong, during all my visits there were a few unpleasant nurses, but they were few and far between.
I have followed the newspapers here and there on what was happening at the CP Hospital but never got involved. I was busy living my life, like most of us. You all know these excuses: working, raising a family, paying all our bills on time, and putting a roof over our heads. But, when I read that the Hospital BOD decided to exclude input from our local community, I figured something wasn’t right in Denmark and couldn’t keep quiet any longer.
I read everything I can about the subject on the internet, but I saw that word on all these developments was not getting out to the public. Hence I began a Facebook Group Site called Carleton Place Hospital – Keeping It Local and it seems to be working. This is why I feel an obligation to the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital.
Please join Norma and others and support this Facebook site before the writing on the wall becomes a reality.