Elderly man discharged at 1a.m., sent home in ambulance
Ambulance ride was 90 minutes from Gander to Burnside
A Burnside man is upset with the treatment his 87-year-old father got last week from Central Health.
Alonzo Crocker needed medical treatment last Thursday, and was taken by ambulance to James Paton Memorial Hospital in Gander. He was treated for dehydration.
At 1 a.m., Crocker was sent back to Burnside in an ambulance, arriving home at 2:30 a.m.
Ron Crocker said his elderly father is just worn out.
"He's 87 years old, he's had three heart attacks, he's had three strokes over the last 30 years, he's just basically wore out," Crocker said.
The next morning, Alonzo Crocker was not feeling well, and was again taken to hospital in Gander in an ambulance — however this time the hospital kept him overnight.
"To me, the old folks of the outports are almost a third-class citizen because that's ridiculous sending old people out like that."
In a statement, Central Health says it is currently in the process of reviewing its practices and developing policy on releasing patients in the evening.