Christine Handrahan describes hours of tension in emergency room
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Michael and Christine Handrahan say they’ve lost all faith in Prince Edward Island’s largest referral hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown. Handrahan had a miscarriage in front of a packed waiting room while she waited more than thr
“It’s emotional. It’s such an emotional time for anybody. We tried for a couple of years to conceive a child and then to lose it. It was horrifying.”
Handrahan says nobody at the hospital showed her any compassion.
“They could have given me a room to go in. Not necessarily a room with a bed. Even if it had been their TV room, or their lunchroom, or their closet. That waiting room was jam packed full of people.
“Somebody should have cared enough to say ‘Oh my goodness, you’re going through a miscarriage, do you need some quiet time?’ I was fighting my tears. I wanted a place to go cry.”
Officials at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have launched a full investigation into what happened to Handrahan.
“Somebody should have cared enough to say ‘Oh my goodness, you’re going through a miscarriage, do you need some quiet time?’ I was fighting my tears. I wanted a place to go cry,” CHRISTINE HANDRAHAN
Rick Adams, the executive director of the hospital, cancelled an afternoon of meetings to talk to the Handrahans and to offer an apology.
Adams is on holidays this week, but Dr. Rosemary Henderson, the acting executive director, confirms an investigation is underway.
The medical director, the nurse manager and a quality and risk management team will lead the investigation.
“The sort of things we’re looking at is, was she triaged appropriately?” said Henderson.
“And whether or not she was seen in a reasonable time frame and there are certain guidelines . . . and I won’t pussy foot around it we do have trouble meeting those guidelines at times.”