Dawson Creek mother perplexed after ER sends son with head wound home with a concussion pamphlet

A Dawson Creek mother says something is critically wrong at the Dawson Creek ER.

Alanda Stables, whose son suffers from an almost decade-old brain injury, recently fell on his head and they went into emergency to eliminate any chance that he had also suffered a concussion.

“We took him to the ER to make sure he was okay. The doctor only checked my son's reflexes, and that was it,” she says.

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Stables says there was never any checking for concussion - or even the open head wound.

“The doctor did not check for concussion, he did not even check the bleeding wound on the back of my son’s head. All he did was give us a pamphlet about concussions,” says Stables noting the most confusing part was yet to come.

“And then he told me they did not do concussion work at the Dawson Creek Hospital.”

Stables was shocked at the lack of care.

“This was surprising to me; because for eight years now, since my son’s injury, the Dawson Creek Hospital has always been the place to go. For the ER doctor to say they don’t deal with concussions and to hand me a pamphlet is ridiculous.” 

Stables feels little action can be done beyond going public with her story and account. 

“I was shocked. There was absolutely no reassurance that he even looked at my son, or listened to our concerns. He didn’t even look at the wound on the head we were in the ER for.” 

Readers throughout Dawson Creek and area are sounding off with similar stories as parents and patients are beginning to note publicly poor or an utter lack of treatment at the Dawson Creek ER.

Another Dawson Creek parent says if it isn’t wilful ignorance, it is a race to churn patients out of the ER in record time.

“We went in to the ER with our daughter who had fallen and broken her arm. It was clearly either a break or fracture of the radius, or ulna bone in her forearm, or both. The abnormal giant lump on her forearm indicated this. The doctor requested a x-ray of her elbow. We had to beg the x-ray technician to shoot lower down the forearm, to actually find the broken arm. It was ridiculous. The doctor literally came in, glanced at her sheet, and suggested an elbow x-ray. I’m surprised he even picked the correct arm.”

Northern Health does not comment on specific cases and will not speak to media about individual patient concerns or cases.


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