Posted by Poor Service at Urgent Care Livermore, a resident of Livermore, on Mar 14, 2012 at 9:51 am
My elderly mom broke her leg, and I foolishly took her to Valley Memorial Hospital which was nearby.*
They never told me they were not an Emergency Room anymore.
The nursing staff were trainees. After long waits, they confirmed her leg was broken, gave her a shot for the pain, and a leg brace that was far too big, and painful; and sent her home without doing anything for her broken leg. They did help get her into the car, to get out of there; and told us to seek medical attention. This was on a Saturday, and she was in real pain when the shot wore off. We could not see a surgeon until Monday.
*If this happens to you, better to call 911, and get an ambulance.
Posted by Duh, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Urgent care does *not* mean the same thing as an emergency room!! I have found the care to be faster than the ER and quite good for things like sinus infections and food poisoning on holidays & weekends...Very competent M.D.s in my experience....
Posted by Jim Johnson, a resident of Livermore, on Mar 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm
Tracy HAS a Hospital...Livermore HAD a Hospital, but no more....go figure.... just don't get sick in Livermore unless you want a $2000 ambulance ride! Valley Health Care has abandoned Livermore residents and citizens. Sad, sad, sad.
Posted by I don't get it, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm
Where have you people been? There has not been an emergency room for 10-15 years. The sign clearly says "urgent care". The Pleasanton hospital is 7 miles from the Livermore campus. You can't have a hospital on every corner. Hellloo.... people complain about the cost of health care, but then want everything everywhere.
And by the way, there is still Occupational Health, and the staff are not trainees. Very misinformed.
Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin, on Mar 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm dublinmike is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
My heart goes out to Livermore residents. I saw the changes over the years.
In the sixties, there was a major drive to create a hospital. Then, what happened? Privatization? Not sure but those of us kids at 5th Street elementary that raised money for our community hospital felt betrayed.
Word of warning, when a "non-profit" tells you that going private is in the best interests of all, are bull of BS.
Posted by ER Patient, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2012 at 9:38 am
Valley Care Emergency Room in Pleasanton is no better than Urgent care!! My only wish is that someday they, in the emergency room, get treated the same way they treat their patients. Never complain, as it goes in one ear and out the other. They protect one another. If someone makes a mistake, or does something wrong they all cover for one another. Hopefully the saying is true.. "What goes around, comes around" to them. I am terrified of that ER!!