Our View: Safety first at blacked-out hospital parking lot

Ensuring the safety of hospital workers and patients is vital

When we think about safety in our community, we don’t always think about the safety of our frontline health care workers.

Yet in recent years, we’ve seen nurses dealing with aggression from patients – sometimes, from seniors with severe dementia who don’t know what’s happening to them.

Nurses and doctors can also face the anger of family members who find themselves in an extremely stressful situation.

Even something as simple as lighting proves to be a problem for health care workers in Langley.

For several nights this spring, an electrical problem knocked out the lights meant to illuminate the parking lots at Langley Memorial Hospital.

Staff had to use phones or flashlights to pick their way through the darkened lots to find their cars when coming off or on to the night shift.

Understandably, they were worried that they might be easy prey for an attacker, or simply fall and hurt themselves.

Medicine doesn’t sleep, and many nurses and doctors in this province work on 12-hour shifts, two in the daytime, two at night. They get four days off and then they start the whole thing over again.

They do it because the job demands it of people. Patients have needs at all hours of the day and night. Patients can’t time their visits to the ER, and those in critical care need 24-hour monitoring.

Fraser Health says it has found the cause of the problem that knocked out the lights, and fixed it.

But in the meantime, it brings to light the fact that there were only a handful of security staff at Langley Memorial, and not surprisingly, they were busy with vital matters and often not available to escort staff through the dark parking lot.

Langley is not a small town anymore. We need security – whether in the form of adequate lighting, or in human form, at our hospital.

– M.C.

Just Posted

Son of slain former Hells Angel is one of two men sentenced for crime spree

Pair’s 2017 series of Lower Mainland robberies stretched from Surrey to Mission

Debussy, Chopin, Bartok, and a selection of Celtic favourites

‘Music for a summer afternoon’ features live harp and flute performances at Trinity Western House

Vancouver Giants Scouts sticking with team for another season

Contracts extended for Head Scout Terry Bonner and Scouting Director Daryl Anning

Mouse infestation hit Langley hospital’s kitchens

Droppings and urine were found by Fraser Health inspectors in the spring

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

‘Person of interest’ identified after suspicious meat left in North Delta park

Piles of meat have been dumped near the 63rd Avenue trail entrance four times in the last 30 days

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Oppenheimer Park residents told to leave, clear out tents by Aug. 21

Police say park has seen influx of residents, violence in recent months

Most Read