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Written by Marcia Love   
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 21:33

So we’re getting what we want, but not entirely.
The sod has been turned and the plans are nearing completion, but the design of the new integrated health care facility for the Southwest has taken a big step away from the original plan.
The elimination of the on-site laundry room has been an ongoing battle for the community – and for good reason.
This downgrade is being made to the planned facility by the Ministry of Health in the name of economic efficiency, but how economical is it?
Through a study completed by the ministry, it was found that the cost of having laundry done on-site would be about the same as having it sent away, yet the decision was made to have it trucked all the way to Regina. To be forever paying to have laundry sent that far for cleaning every week doesn’t sound too economical to me – or sanitary, for that matter.
The ministry's laundry protocol can be summed up in one word: disgusting.
Considering the jobs it would create within the community and the elimination of hold ups that are sure to happen when stormy weather hits, the benefits of having laundry done at the new facility seem like a no-brainer.
Laundry is not done on-site at any of Cypress Health Region’s health facilities, but it should be kept in mind that the new integrated health care facility for the Southwest is a pilot project. As such, shouldn’t new methods be incorporated as a trial which future facilities can be based on?
It might be acceptable for household laundry to pile up for a week, but a health facility’s dirty bed sheets and the like are a completely different matter. In a place where sanitation is a high priority, one has to wonder just how sanitary a stockpile of garments used by sick patients can be.
The changes to the plan are creating an unnecessary hold up.
Shovels were expected to be in the ground at the site of the new facility this past summer. That was announced over a year ago. Now work isn’t expected to begin until April 2012. With all the time that has been spent writing and re-writing the plan, the facility could have already been constructed to come as close to meeting the community’s initial request as possible – saving a hefty amount of time and taxpayers’ money.
Changing the design after the RMs, Hutterite colonies, towns and villages in the area have pledged millions of dollars for the project is like purchasing a car and then being told the wheels don’t come with it.
It’s times like these we can be glad we have the steering committee to be the voice of the community, but it’s also important for residents to speak up about our needs.
I have encountered more than a few road blocks during my own research into the progress of the new facility’s planning.
Most recently, I was given the runaround by health region staff for something as simple as taking a look at the plan for the new facility – a document that has been made public and is posted at the hospital for the public. Apparently members of the media aren’t considered "the public" to some employees.
Why all the secrecy? I can see no point in denying someone access to such information, other than the power trip it must give those that do so.
The employee later reported to a superior that I was causing a scene by using inappropriate language – a claim that was far from the truth. (Anyone who knows me would find such a statement not only unbelievable, but laughable).
It just goes to show you that, as wonderful as it will be to have a new hospital and nursing home, it’s not going to solve all of our health care problems. We will still have to deal with doctor shortage issues – not to mention difficulties with some unco-operative and inhospitable staff.

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