It was two in the morning and Colleen O’Neil’s five-month-old daughter was gasping for each breath. As O’Neill paced through the night trying to comfort the baby, she wondered whether to call the island’s emergency’s services.
She hesitated. Should she bother the paramedics in the middle of the night, and what about the driver of the water taxi who would have to take them across to Horseshoe Bay? No, she decided, she’d wait for the 5:30 ferry.
As many of you might remember, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) conducted a survey for the entire Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions to assess the health needs of all of the communities within those regions. It was broken down into communities not regions, so that VCH could make health care decisions based on local needs. Bowen Island had a higher response rate than any other community in part because Caring Circle promoted it as a way to improve our health care on Bowen. Clearly, given how many people responded, we have many concerns about health care on Bowen.