Hospital's 'no visitors' rule has daughter worried

Tumbler Ridge resident Gloria Spratt turns 69 Saturday – and by all accounts she will be celebrating her birthday alone.

Spratt was admitted to Dawson Creek Hospital after having a stroke earlier this summer. Her daughter Shawna Woods claims new COVID restrictions are now not allowing her mother to have visitors, nor the ability to leave her room.  

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“It is ridiculous, my mother’s roommate is down outside smoking with staff and others right now.”

The roommate waves. "Hello!"

Woods says in addition, her mother’s physio therapy is only happening after second day. Woods, who practised as a paramedic in the area for over a decade, says she and her mother have resorted to Facetime and sharing physio exercises online.

 “I’m trying to see my mother, to help her with recovery, and am being labelled as abusive. I’m being told that I’m harassing other patients – how can that be if they aren’t allowed visitors?”

“The hospital won’t allow me to deliver a wheelchair to her.”

One would think that the Dawson Creek Hospital has a wheelchair or two for patients.

Woods says she is not fighting COVID-19, simply the draconian way the “no visitors” rule seems to be only enforced between Woods and her mother, turning 69 on Saturday.

“It makes no sense at all. I’ve been told I can’t see my own mother, but her roommate who is in the hospital room, comes down in her own wheelchair, and I chat with all the time,” says Woods, ending with a common parable.

"Schools are opening, and this place appears to be going into lockdown. It is being run like a prison, not a hospital when they are only reading policies out. It’s like putting your knee on the neck of patients and all the others stand by and watch.”

The Mirror has reached out to Northern Health for comment.

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