Letter: WhidbeyHealth’s ER hasn’t improved at all

Editor,

Recently, I’ve read articles bout the “new” WhidbeyHealth and how a person would be happy to be a “visitor” to the Coupeville facility.

I did not set out to be a tester of the new, but things turned out that way.

On May 16, 2018, while shopping at the Navy Exchange in Oak Harbor, I passed out. It had nothing to do with the prices. Next thing I knew, a bunch of medics were working on me. They shoved me into the ER on wheels and off we went to WhidbeyHealth and a bigger ER. It was decided to keep me overnight.

Problems started. A letter to the editor resulted in a one-on-one with the hospital CEO and assurance that things will change.

Fast-forward from May 2018 to June 19, 2019. About 11 p.m., another problem led the EMT crew to my house. They did a great job of delivering me to WhidbeyHealth. My wife gave the EMT crew clothing for me. Once in the ER, the hospital staff began running tests to find the cause and cure for my problem.

Not sure what they found or did not find, but sometime after 4 p.m., they decided to send me home with instructions to see my regular doctor.

The nurse looking after me said she would call my wife to come and get me. I did not know my wife gave the EMT crew clothing for me, so I asked the nurse to tell my wife to bring me some.

Seconds later, the loving nurse threw my shoes and clothing on top of me and walked out of the room. At this point, she called me wife and told her I said for her to come and get me.

I did not tell her or anyone else to call my wife or tell her anything. I was then led to the main lobby and put in one of the chairs to await my wife’s arrival.

To me, there is no difference in the ER services of May 2018 and June 2019. As the old TV program stated, “only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.”

There were some name changes at WhidbeyHealth, but “S.O.S” — same old service.

Upon my death, I hope I am sent someplace else for my final visit with a medical crew. I want that last visit to be a pleasant trip.

Robert D. Brown

Oak Harbor

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: What is it going to take to get traffic signal installed?

Editor, “Three airlifted in head-on collision Saturday” is the headline that inspires… Continue reading

Letter: Maybe base needs to be renamed to clarify things

Editor, NAS Oak Harbor? The Navy traditionally names its naval air bases… Continue reading

Letter: Please, remember to fill dog watering stations

Editor, Dear Langley merchants, I’m passing along a plea from my husband… Continue reading

Letter: Are orca trying to let onlookers know plight?

Editor, Soon after I moved to Whidbey Island in 1985 from the… Continue reading

Letter: Puget Sound Regional Council doesn’t set tariffs

Editor, This is just a note to clarify that the Puget Sound… Continue reading

Letter: Fair a good opportunity to learn about fire district

Editor, The South Whidbey Fire/EMS Fire Fair on July 27 provided me… Continue reading

Letter: Langley must do more to become disabled friendly

Editor, I want to add my voice to those requesting more consideration… Continue reading

Letter: Will state ferries become service only for wealthy?

Editor, It’s easy for us average people to despair over the enormous… Continue reading

Letter: WhidbeyHealth, Careage provide exceptional care

Editor, I have had surgery at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and my wife… Continue reading

Most Read