Fed up with the hospital

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 31, 2006

To the Editor:

I had no choice but to write this letter to perhaps give some light to the terrible situation we face with our hospital here in Selma.

On Monday, July 17, my niece was involved in an accident in Marion. She received a fractured arm that left a bone protruding from her arm, leaving her in severe pain.

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After being transported to Selma medical center and arriving at 12:30 p.m., she remained there until 7:30 p.m. without medication to ease the pain, without compassionate or concern.

An IV was put in unattended that had blood flowing through the tube which should not have been and I summoned a nurse back to show the problem. There was another patient who had the same problem and the nurse said, “Oh! I’m glad you saw that.”

What is going on with the quality of service

humans receive at these facilities? These are not charitable entities, but profitable corporations.

After my niece was finally seen, we were told that Selma has no bone surgeons here.

This I cannot understand being the main hospital in a 50 mile radius either direction you go. This hospital does not have efficient staff, doctors and nurses. On a rating of 1 to 10 – 1 being the worst – this hospital would receive a negative 1 being the worse I have ever experienced.

After speaking with others at the hospital, I am not the only one who feels this way. It’s just that so many people don’t know who to turn to when experiencing this type of neglect.

It’s time someone speaks up for the sick people.

Not everyone is a charitable case. Some of us pay well for insurance and deserve our money’s worth. Plus it’s the right thing to do.

If you are in the medical field, you should give your all to give comfort to the ailing with or without insurance or get another career.

Please don’t let me forget the filth in the emergency rooms. Where is housekeeping?

Does anyone really care about these inhuman conditions? If so, I am going to keep a watchful eye open to see if any improvements are made.

G. Crosby