-from John Stirling
I know there has been a lot of discussion regarding the medical services in Sooke. I read everything but never speak up about it as I have a family doctor (in Victoria).
I, however, got to experience BC ambulance service for my first time ever last night. And, I have to say it drastically needs improvement.
The short version goes like this: my partner had to call 911 for me last night as I had become unresponsive and fainted. The call went out at around 8:15 pm, and 911 answered and asked if we needed fire, police, or ambulance. The reply was a request for ambulance. On hold for just under one minute. Then the call proceeded as normal.
I came to, fully aware after about three or four minutes. I was still feeling light-headed and weak. The operator stayed on the phone for about 25 minutes, and I was progressively feeling better.
Approximately 45 mins after the call was first made, the ambulance showed up. They checked me out, and gave me the all clear, and suggested following up with my doctor.
The issue here is that it took 45 minutes for the ambulance to arrive!
We talked to the paramedics about this and they voiced their concern as well. The issue, as explained to us by the paramedics, is that one of Sooke ambulances was on a call and the other was covering Langford (they were short).
The ambulance that came for me was a Saanich ambulance.
Should we not always have a ambulance available to the 13000+ people who live and pay taxes in Sooke?