How terribly sad to read of the death in Victoria General Hospital of the cyclist injured at Blanshard and Bay on March 11. One can only wonder what toll the 8.5-kilometre ambulance ride through rush-hour traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway might have taken on the critically injured victim.
I realize that VGH is our acute-care hospital, with facilities for emergency surgery, but having often seen ambulances edging their way through the Colwood Crawl, I wonder if this unfortunate man wouldn’t have been better off going 2.8 km straight down Bay Street to the Royal Jubilee, less than five minutes away.
The Vancouver Island Health Authority, in its wisdom, has located our acute-care facility several kilometres out of town down a congested highway (which no one seems to know how to fix).
If anyone ever knocks me off my bike, I hope that common sense will prevail and I’ll be taken to the nearest hospital.
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