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#41 JohnN

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 05:03 AM

Free WiFi for patients and visitors is coming to the following hospitals on September 6th:
- Victoria General Hospital
- Royal Jubilee Hospital (Victoria)
- Saanich Peninsula Hospital (Victoria)
- Lady Minto / Gulf Islands Hospital (Saltspring Island)
- Cowichan District Hospital (Duncan)
- West Coast General Hospital (Port Alberni)

My sister was in Cowichan hospital in Duncan with her terminal illness and the only thing that allowed her some satisfaction was being able pass the time watching  videos and movies on her iPhone. We paid a lot for that access but it was worth it to us because it helped her get through some very unpleasant medical experiences. For my periodical day-long outpatient visits to RJH, I've just been loading up articles to read on my chromebook, conveniently using the Pocket app, but having some internet access during the stays will be a bit better.


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#42 Mike K.

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 05:35 AM

Yes, it will make a huge difference.
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#43 Langford Rat

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 10:01 AM

I spent a 4 or 5 day vacation at RJH a few years ago. I had a bunch of movies loaded on my lap top but quickly burned through those. Then I got this "brilliant" idea to create a personal hot-spot with my phone and used my data to download a ton more to the lap top. After being discharged I almost suffered another heart attack when I got my Telus bill and saw the overage charges.


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#44 Mike K.

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 11:51 AM

I see the folks at Victoria Buzz used the VV post as their “sources” and even reprinted our list. Without credit, of course. The writer was once again Brishti Basu who has a knack for lifting content.

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#45 Mike K.

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 08:04 AM

Heads-up! We've got the skinny here.

 

⚠️Power outage planned for Victoria General Hospital⚠️

 

The Victoria General Hospital will be experiencing a planned power outage starting at 6PM on October 19th and lasting until 6AM on October 20th.

 

The outage will be conducted in order to carry out the replacement of high-voltage electrical equipment. As a result of this work hospital operations will be disrupted.

 

Patients and visitors will continue to have access to the hospital and the emergency ward.

 

Limited lighting will be available throughout the facility resembling a weather-related outage with staff carrying flashlights to assist in their duties. Medical imaging will be reduced to the operation of a single MRI, CT and X-Ray scanner.

 

Food services will be disrupted during the outage including the Tim Hortons café on the main level near the main entrance.


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#46 Veblen

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 12:33 AM

Going to post this rant here, since I’ve yet to find any entity talking about this on any commentable platform.

Anyone following the VIHA intervention in Retirement Concepts’ care homes? MSM commentary is conveniently blaming the Chinese buyers at Anbang, while completely ignoring that Retirement Concepts has been a pox on the long-term care industry for years/decades. Can’t get sufficient staff to meet your contractually-obligated staffing levels? Maybe we should be looking at the publicly-accessible HEU contracts that clearly outline how Retirement Concepts is allowed to pay $4-$6 an hour less than members of the facilities bargaining agreement (where care aides are making around $25/hour and have industry-appropriate benefits); contracts signed PRIOR to Anbang’s takeover. This situation of terrible contracts has been the status quo for a decade+. Retirement Concepts contracts all services to itself, a watershed happening in this sector (Google is your friend here). This happened years before ownership of a Canadian nursing home chain was but a twinkle in Anbang’s eyes. The profit-first motives leading to these vulnerable seniors’ poor care is a 100% made-in-BC decision, from the original push for contracting out of health care services under the Campbell govt (full disclosure: I’m a B.C. Liberal voter) to the current day situation of inadequate care levels. Anbang bought prime BC real estate and a turn key operation; nothing more. They left the existing management structure 100% in place. We can lambast Anbang all we want for not injecting fresh capital into the operations they took over but that would be the most hypocritical double standard possible when we allow other B.C. contact operators to run similarly understaffed and profit-oriented operations. The truth is that this fiasco with poor care for our 90+ year old seniors is a made-in-BC problem. Anbang has had the double-whammy misfortune of buying a bottom-feeding chain (how could they have avoided this, in all honesty, when nobody will publicly aver to this?) and then having its own CEO arrested (a not-uncommon occurrence in China lately). But none of this is the fault of the Chinese, despite MSM articles. Retirement Concepts has had care homes taken over by health authorities before: long before Anbang finance folk even knew what long-term care is. The Chinese are an easy scapegoat, but the truth is BC residents—who were left in charge of Retirement Concepts’ care homes following the purchase—are responsible for the mistreatment of fellow BC seniors. Feds and provincial approvers should have considered the possibility that the Chinese govt had a non-zero chance of intervening in any Chinese company, but the fact such an event did come to pass has absolutely nothing to do with how the B.C. operators of the care homes are just continuing on a tradition of cost cutting at the expense of out province’s most vulnerable.

(Phew, stepping down from the soapbox.)
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#47 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 07:07 AM

Nearly Half of Victoria Seven-Year-Olds Not Up-to-Date on Immunizations

Victoria and Salt Spring Island show rock-bottom rates of childhood vaccination  

 

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The previous year has seen a rash of preventable disease outbreaks striking Vancouver Island. In March, a case of whooping cough was confirmed at Victoria’s Mount Douglas Secondary School. A measles outbreak struck Greater Victoria in May.

 

In September, a “cluster” of mumps cases were identified in the Tofino area.

 

And according to immunization data provided to The Capital by the Island Health Authority, Victoria continues to remain particularly vulnerable should more outbreaks flare up.

 

As of the most recent data from 2018, only 56% of seven-year-old children in Victoria were found to be up-to-date on six categories of vaccines; measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis B and D/T/aP/IPV (diphtheria, acellular pertussis, tetanus, polio).

 

 

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The rate is well below Health Canada’s goal of 95% immunization. It’s at that rate that a population can be assured of “herd immunity”; essentially, so few people become capable of transmitting a disease that outbreaks are never able to take hold.

 


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#48 Midnightly

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 02:13 PM

i'll admit those stats are kinda scary... and well below what they should be...  we would never not vaccinate a pet we care about yet there is a whole population that won't vaccinate their children... (both my kid and puppy are fully up to date with vaccines)


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#49 pennymurphy2000

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 03:13 PM

How are they able to enrol their unvaccinated kids in school? When we applied to school for our daughter we had to bring in documentation that listed all her immunizations. Granted it was for an independent school, do the public schools not require a copy of the records? 


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#50 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 03:51 PM

i'll admit those stats are kinda scary... and well below what they should be...  we would never not vaccinate a pet we care about yet there is a whole population that won't vaccinate their children... (both my kid and puppy are fully up to date with vaccines)

 

that's an interesting viewpoint.

 

we get our dog a vaccination because we think it's good for the dog and we don't question the science.  we shrug our shoulders and say pet vaccinations on the whole are very beneficial with no downside.  or no considered downside.  

 

and we are not too concerned about the dog's discomfort at getting a needle.  in this sense we don't anthropomorphize in that way like we do in other ways with pets.

 

but we question the science with our little humans.  and we feel their pain on getting the needle and we also overemphasize a tiny tiny tiny potential downside that's completely scientifically shown to be insignificant statistically.


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