Palliative Care at SMGH – Stacey’s Story about her Mother’s Journey
It is estimated that in Ontario 10-12 per cent of the population may be considered at increased risk for colorectal cancer. Increased risk includes individuals who have a family history of one or more first-degree relatives (parent, sibling or child) with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer. For these individuals, screening for colon cancer by colonoscopy is advised.
In the South West region, over 20% of patients who are referred by their primary care provider for a colonoscopy are not following through. While there may be many contributing factors, fear of colonoscopy is one factor preventing patients from undergoing the screening procedure.
A Hospital Perspective May 2014 – written by Pam MacGinnis, Volunteer
Whenever I enter the front doors of SMGH, I am at peace, with a sense of serenity. I know that I will be well taken care of. I don’t need to worry about how I will be treated. I know that I will be treated with dignity and respect. I know that any further testing that needs to be done, will be explained to me with all the information that I need to know, so that I can then make an informed decision. I know that any questions I have, will be answered with honesty; without measure of ignorance. Most of all I feel extremely blessed to have such a great Hospital at my disposal, as well as for others within our community and beyond.
When I’m in the Hospital and I close my eyes, I can feel a wave of warmth envelop me. I like to think that it’s the souls of all who have gone in the past, who worked tirelessly to ensure that all who enter the doors will be well treated. These pioneers of the past had a vision. It was a great vision for the times.
They started with an idea. They raised money tirelessly, they did bake sales, door to door fundraising and any other task that needed doing. They travelled the back roads in all kinds of weather in horses and buggies. They made bandages, donated pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, fresh vegetables from their gardens, eggs, and donated a cow for fresh milk. Businesses donated other items needed to keep a hospital alive and vital. The school children donated soap once a year and many interesting soap displays were on view in the Main Lobby.
The Auxiliary had bake sales, Tag Days, raffles and sold small gifts and still continue to do so today. The Java Hut is always busy and the smell of fresh coffee drifts down the halls. Money from these sales are donated to the Hospital.
Everyone, in some way in some manner has donated and continues to donate much needed money for the Hospital. Without their very generous support, our Hospital wouldn’t be the healing hub of our community. We live in a great community. A community that truly cares for its citizens, regardless of their walk in life. The Doctor may be your neighbour, the Nurse may be a relative. The X Ray Technician may be your friend. Regardless of who they may be, all the Staff treat the In-Patient or the Out-Patient as though they are a family member or someone they know within the community. It’s this attitude and high level of care, that has made our Hospital, a well known and respected business throughout Suoth Western Ontario.
The very fibre of the souls who created the hospital in the past are very much present in the core of the hospital today. I don’t think I am the only one who feels the past coming into my soul.