Hospital entrance getting a new windbreak

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Keith Maryanovich
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Main entrance to be closed for construction

The metal guardrail is to protect a glass windbreak that will be built this week at the main entrance to Digby General.

The metal barricade at the main entrance to the Digby hospital is only the beginning of a larger project.

Construction crews are expected to begin work on a glass windbreak for the main entrance of Digby General Hospital next week, starting Monday, Dec. 10.

Hospital management received approval and funding this summer to install the windbreak to keep winter winds out of the main lobby and waiting room.

The metal barrier will protect the glass windbreak from snowplows and other vehicles.

Construction crews will also grade the sidewalk at each end of the windbreak in order to provide smoother access.

Crews have already replaced concrete barriers that used to surround the parking lot with a wood railing.

Access to the hospital main entrance is now via each end of the metal barrier.

People have complained this week about the barrier, the uneven sidewalk and a slight curb at the edge of the sidewalk and wondered what the reasoning was behind the guardrail.

Unfortunately scooter, wheelchairs, and handicapped people have had an especially difficult climb of it.

Rodney Banks dropped his father off recently for an appointment at the hospital.

“It is an additional stepping stone and a little tricky for some”, said Banks as he helped his father over the curb from his car.

The main entrance will be closed during construction but visitors and patients can enter through the emergency entrance and staff entrances.

Hubert d'Entremont, the hospital’s site manager says they are sorry for any inconvenience and confusion.

He expects the construction crews to be done within the week.

kmaryanovich@digbycourier.ca

Organizations: Digby General Hospital, Rodney Banks

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  • Sherri
    December 21, 2012 - 10:55

    Dear Jeff, The real reason we cannot get doctors to come to Digby, I think, lies in one little acronym - SWNDHA. From what I have seen, it seems that the South West Nova District Health Authority has no interest other than shutting down the DGH and using the money they save on their flagship hospital - Yarmouth (where wait times in Emergency can be 12 hours or more and the folks down there are coming to Digby for Emergency services). I believe they negotiate with potential doctors in bad faith and change the rules for doctors that have come here. If we, the citizens of the area, are not careful and don't start protesting at the tops of our lungs, we are going to lose the services we have (because a Community Health Centre doesn't need a lab that can actually run blood work) and then we will have no chance of recruiting doctors. I agree the people of Digby have the right to know but, they have to start asking questions. I suggest we start with: 1) "Why is Dr. Ron working out of the Weymouth Clinic on Fridays instead of being in the Digby Emergency Department?" 2) "Didn't he used to cover the Friday day shift in Digby?" 3) "If he's available to work, why do they keep telling us the closures are due to 'physician unavailability'?" 4) What doesn't SWNDHA want us to know?" I already know the answer to #2 but I'm certainly interested in the answers to the rest. If you find out, let us all know! Thanks, Sherri

  • Jeff
    December 18, 2012 - 12:23

    This should bring the doctors in. Why is it when you go to Annapolis ER you wait 1/2 hour to hour when the ER is full and in Digby you wait 3-5 hrs and three people are ahead of you. Just wondering? Some people are forced to use the ER because they have no doctor then have to wait for hours. The people of Digby should have the right to know why we can't get doctors. I mean the real reasons.