The Chest Institute, part of the Royal Victoria Hospital, is closing. Rolland is one of 32 long-term respiratory patients — including 14 who are on ventilators — who face a transfer to the Lachine Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre in March 2015. The date coincides with the opening of the MUHC superhospital.
The plan has upset patients and their families. For one thing, Lachine is predominantly a French-language institution, and many of the transferring patients speak English. Rolland, who communicates only via a tool known as Assistive Computer Technology, uses computer aids and programs that function in English.
Moving to Lachine, Rolland says, would destroy what remains of his life.
Several Montreal physicians and professors of medicine have criticized the planning for the $1.3-billion superhospital under construction in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, calling it a mess — a smaller hospital than originally planned, with fewer beds.
Certain services in dialysis, dermatology and gynecology will be transferred to facilities off-site from the Glen campus.
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