Tahlequah Daily Press

Letters to editor

September 9, 2011

Health service lacking

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

I am writing on behalf of myself and all of the Cherokee people, past and present, who have been done wrong by the hospital staff at Cherokee Nation Indian Health Hospital – and are living in pain as a result of their neglect.

I have been living in pain for five years. I was sent to Tulsa for treatment for the pain and not the problem. That is, until I met Dr. Angela Wickliff, whom I consider to be an angel. She was the only one in five years that told me that I needed to see a neurologist.

She referred me to a neurologist that informed me that I needed a couple of tests done. But, when I went back to get another referral, my request was denied. I appealed the decision, and after three months of waiting, my referral was finally approved.

That is the purpose of my letter – I am complaining about the difficulty involved with successfully seeking referrals, and the lack of quality attention from the hospital staff.

When a patient goes in with a problem, it should be taken care of at that time – not years down the road. Some don’t have years to wait.

I think it is shame that a slot machine gets fixed faster than a patient who goes to the hospital.

Also, when you go to the Adult Walk-in Clinic, they can only take care of one problem at a time – no matter how many you may have. They also only spend 15 minutes per patient. That results in numerous trips to the hospital.

We, the Cherokee people, need someone to step up and help us. We need to go in and fix the problems.

Darlene Clinton-Belden

Welling

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