Hoo-RAH! My ver­dict on our new hos­pi­tal

Sunday Mail - - OPINION -

THE $2.3 bil­lion new Royal Ade­laide Hos­pi­tal is a dump ... no, I’m just kid­ding. It’s very nice. It’s money well spent. It’s a palace of pub­lic health. The best kind of palace.

I at­tended last Sun­day to visit a crook friend and have a Cap­tain Cook (is that po­lit­i­cally cor­rect?) and see what all the fuss is about.

It was very quiet. There were three pa­tients who needed lit­tle pa­tience in the Emer­gency Depart­ment, which we used to call Ca­su­alty. There seems to be lots of car park­ing – con­ve­nient and af­ford­able at $4 an hour or $7 for two hours.

There are trendy gabion walls (rocks in cages) and an Abo­rig­i­nal-themed rusty fence. Lovely.

I rode one of the in­nu­mer­able lifts to the third floor, which is re­ally the ground floor. Sadly, the David Jones pi­anist who works for the won­der­fully named Cen­tre for Cre­ative Health was hav­ing a day off and not play­ing the baby grand in the foyer so I couldn’t put bread in his jar and say “Man, what are you do­ing here”. Next time.

It’s all as spa­cious, bright, airy and as wel­com­ing as a Dubai ho­tel but less kitsch and much more use­ful. Peo­ple can sit in the sun to re­cu­per­ate and so can the pa­tients. HOT

Young out­sider artist Kurt Bosecke’s stun­ning ex­hi­bi­tion at Prospect Gallery

An aerial ad­ven­ture park in the park­lands – yes, please

Ob­ste­tri­cian and al­most saint John Svi­gos (pic­tured) – a gen­er­ous good spirit. There are plenty of benches, poufs, wing chairs with Scan­di­na­vian blonde wood legs for folk to lurk, plop and col­lapse on.

It’s huge. It’s much big­ger than it looks from the out­side with nine floors around a gi­ant atrium.

I in­quired as to where my friend was – F6, so I found lift F, took it up to the sixth floor and alighted into a locked area.

I was trapped there with a New Zealan­der (not Barn­aby Joyce) and we tried us­ing the phone pro­vided but no-one on F6 an­swered.

I went back to the third floor/ ground floor and asked a se­cu­rity guard who alerted two help­ful NOT The Charles Sturt Coun­cil is a mess The Crows swan­ning around the Gold Coast on hol­i­day. Why aren’t they train­ing? mem­bers of the Red-e-team. I don’t think they were Rah­bots (au­to­mated guided guides).

These very nice girls es­corted me back to the locked area and opened it with their pass. The New Zealan­der had dis­ap­peared and I’ll never know whither.

My friend had to be con­sulted as to whether she wanted to see me (lots of peo­ple don’t) and I vis­ited her in her very nice, spa­cious room which had a very nice photo of some­where in South Aus­tralia.

The equip­ment is all state-ofthe-art and there’s a day bed for a loved one at $7.95 a night or $8.95 with a flan­nel. The views of Ade­laide from the rooms are glo­ri­ous and each room has an en­suite. Beaut. Down to the ground floor on level three are acres of mar­ble-es­que floor­ing, lots of teal (such a win­ning colour) and lots of whim­si­cal, in­of­fen­sive “muriels” of SA stuff, in­clud­ing flora and bush­land pals.

What’s a well­ness cen­tre? The new RAH has one. It also has a cafe in the foyer and a small food court where you can get a lamb roast for $14.50. I de­cided I was in the right place to risk the sushi, which was very nice.

The whole place is Dis­ney­land clean and doesn’t yet smell of dis­in­fec­tant and death. The sculp­tures are a bit weird but hap­pily rem­i­nis­cent of that protest art near Lower Light on the Port Wakefield Rd and I worry about stone benches in court­yards lest they cause per­ni­cious piles.

The ingress and egress seems fluid and con­ve­nient.

The old RAH was hor­ri­ble. This one is lovely and we’re very lucky to have it. It’s pleas­ing that it’s in the re­vived West End and more con­ve­nient to the western sub­urbs.

Some peo­ple are still churl­ish about it but stuff ’em. It’s grand. Go be­fore you need to.

Pic­ture: MATT TURNER

TEAM EF­FORT: Out­side the new RAH are SA Am­bu­lance Ser­vice paramedics Me­gan Syveretsen and An­drew Dunn, emer­gency and re­trieval physi­cian Ju­lianne Schliebs and clin­i­cal nurse con­sul­tant Ben Cahill.

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