To the patients of the Thompson-Cariboo-Shuswap,
The Department of Surgery at RIH has been advocating, on your behalf, for many years to improve local access to surgical services. This has involved countless meetings, letters, and phone calls with administration. Our efforts have been largely unsuccessful.
The purpose of this letter is to encourage patients to voice their concerns about wait-times with senior Interior Health administration, the Ministry of Health, local MLA’s, and community leaders.
The Royal Inland Hospital, in its current location, has been serving the residents of Kamloops and the Thompson-Cariboo-Shuswap region for more than a century. Royal Inland Hospital is one of only two tertiary care centers in the Interior Health Authority which encompasses the entire southern interior of the province.
Over the past two decades we have seen the needs of the community grow in excess of hospital capacity. Royal Inland Hospital has continually run at capacity levels between 105-110%, and often significantly higher. Admission rates have exceeded bed availability on a daily basis even prior to thecovid-19 pandemic.
In spite of these challenges dedicated nurses, physicians, support staff and local administrators have strived to provide quality care in the form of world class medical and surgical programs. However, operational funding has not kept pace with demand. We have fallen behind and can no longer provide the services that the community expects and deserves.
The global pandemic and subsequent staffing shortages have exposed the chronic lack of resources our hospital receives. Lack of surgical access at Royal Inland Hospital is multifactorial relating to long term anesthesia shortages, lack of capacity in the operating room and recovery areas, and a chronic lack of surgical beds.
Our hospital is overwhelmed with medical patients that have no other option but to be in hospital related in part to the shortage of long term care beds in the community. To be clear, these are long standing issues predating the pandemic.
Surgical care within Interior Health is highly variable depending on where you live. Royal Inland Hospital has longer wait times than other surgical sites within the health authority and surgical patients often have to leave our community to receive care in a timely fashion. The surgical program at Royal Inland Hospital has been decimated. Surgical patients currently cannot receive the care they need in a timely fashion.
Surgeons are no longer able to provide adequate surgical care to their patients.
The residents of Kamloops and the Thompson-Cariboo-Shuswap need to hold senior Interior Health administration, the Ministry of Health, our MLA’s, and community leaders accountable.
Our health caresystem can be difficult to navigate. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with some contact information if you would like to voice your concerns. Please consider contacting our leaders to share your story.
We feel that the care you are receiving is unacceptable and hope that our hospital can be adequately supported to provide the level of services that our community deserves.
1. Interior Health Patient Care Quality Office:
2. Kamloops City Council
3. MLA Peter Milobar, Kamloops North ThompsonEmail:peter.milobar.MLA@leg.bc.ca Phone:250-554-5413
4. MLA Todd Stone, Kamloops South Thompson Email: todd.stone.MLA@leg.bc.ca
5. MLA Adrian Dix, Minister of Health Email:HLTH.Minister@gov.bc.ca
6. CBC Kamloops Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7. CFJC Todayhttps://cfjctoday.com/contact-us/
8. Radio NL