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July 22, 2014
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Letter: Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center needs full Emergency Room staffing

Veteran talks of ER experiences

I’m a veteran who uses the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center for my medical problems. I’ve had to use the emergency room five times and each time I was there a minimum of five hours.

Twice, I went to the emergency room for heart problems and was sent home without much help. My arms and back were hurting and they sent me home with “arthritis pain.” I went in again and the doctor said it was something else and sent me home. Then I went back on the night shift and thank God I found a good doctor who sent me to Mercy. The next day I was sent to Sacred Heart for triple-bypass surgery. The doctor at Mercy told my wife to call my family, it was that bad.

I’m glad we have a VA hospital in Roseburg and they do help me and others with our care. I realize the hospital is understaffed for the number of patients it sees, but it would seem that it could improve the ER services to be able to diagnose a problem correctly in a timely manner.

My heart isn’t much good now, after I had five to seven attacks during all this, but at least I’m still alive. I could tell about other things that happened there, but all in all, I’m glad the Roseburg VA is available, such as it is.

David E. Cordray

Myrtle Creek

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