NRGH health-care workers wave to motorists during two drive-by salutes this month. (News Bulletin file photos)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let’s keep quiet in a hospital zone

Letter writer suggests letting patients sleep instead of taking part in nightly 7 p.m. noise-making

To the editor,

While revving engines in front of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, to thank hospital workers for their service, may have been well-intentioned, it was not well thought through. Consider those hospital patients who had just fallen asleep, prior to this celebration, and got woken.

Patients in hospitals aren’t always able to follow the rhythms of a normal day. With all the odd noises, and unavoidable interruptions, their sleep patterns are often different from the norm. That’s why ‘quiet hospital zone’ signs are frequently seen around hospitals.

For those considering making celebratory noises relating to the pandemic, please think before you act. If you have ever been a hospital patient you will know, in that environment sleep is precious.

S.I. Petersen, Nanaimo

READ ALSO: Motorcycles motor past Nanaimo hospital as a show of support

READ ALSO: Car cruise offers a roar of support for Nanaimo’s health-care workers

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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