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Thursday, June 13, 2024
Letter: Rather than cultural hub, NOTL needs medical facility
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Dear editor:

I have been following with great interest the articles concerning the old NOTL hospital building and property, including “Non-profits want old hospital to be community hub,” (The Lake Report, March 9).

I am astonished that I have not read one article about any proposal related to health care of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s aging population.

Has anyone thought of an urgent care facility, diagnostic imaging clinic or a senior’s residence that could also house these services?

Perhaps rather than a cultural hub, a health care proposal might better service Niagara-on-the-Lake.

It seems to me that NOTL residents in the 1950s had more foresight and interest in the well-being of the people who live here to be able to find the resources to construct a small hospital that adequately served its population.

We all know our health care system is broken and probably won’t be repaired in my lifetime.

But something has to be done now to address the wait times to make an appointment to receive a CT scan, MRI or ultrasound, not to mention the wait times in the emergency departments of Niagara’s hospitals.

We all have heard horror stories about the St. Catharines and Niagara Falls hospitals.

I know that my opinion won’t have any impact on the decision for the hospital property, but I would like our elected officials and decision-makers to think about the health care of NOTL residents.

Marlene Sibbald
NOTL

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