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NEW HOSPITAL UP-TO-DATE EQUIPMENT Middlemore Hospital, when finally completed in a few months' time, , will outclass all other hospitals in the Dominion. This was the impres- , sion gained from conversation with board members and medical men who made an inspection of the institution this morning. Already in ,place in the three operating theatres are the large operating lamps, 'which are of up-to-date American manufacture. Each weighs three and a half hundred- ■ weight and it was necessary to have ! a special truss on the roof to carry them. The operating rooms are airconditioned and fitted with emergency lighting. Centred around the admitting ! office are all the units required for Handling incoming patients. Provision is made for ambulances >to come.'up a ramp to allow the removal of a patient under cover to • an adjoining "holding" room. • Another feature of this part of the hospital is an interviewing room ; where doctors can confer with the • relatives of patients. ; Attractive Kitchen With the upper walls and ceiling painted cream, the main kitchen presents a very attractive appearance. The high ceiling is so designed as , to cari/y away the grease-laden steam, while many windows provide ample natural lighting. Besides the cooking apparatus, there are hot and cold lockers for keeping the prepared food until it is placed on the , trolleys for dispatch to the wards. I There is a lift for taking the trolleys [ to the wards on the upper floor. ; For carrying linen and other ; articles through the corridors an , electric truck is provided. ! Wards are divided into units of not . more than four beds and are pleasantly situated. For patients who are • not confined to bed there are six sun ! lounges which look out on to lawns, , which will be planted with citrus i trees. In these rooms there are j telephone boxes and other facilities 1 for the use of patients. Other departments, such as the ; X-ray, dispensary, physiotherapy and occupational therapy units, >all conform to the principle of facilitating not only the treatment of the , patient but also the work of the ' staff. Nurses' Hairdressing Saloon Amenities in the nurses' home in- ! elude a hairdressing saloon equipped with three chairs and furnished on a scale comparable with any good ■ class saloon; a library, writing room, attractive dining rooms, which may be converted for use for staff functions such as dances; a cafeteria, and a number of large lounges. Besides the ordinary single unit ■ nurses' bedrooms there are four com- . plete suites, measuring up to the standard of good hotel accommodation. Three of them, which have sitting room, bedroom and bathroom, are for the assistant matron, the tutor sister and the home sister, while the matron's quarters also have a verandah opening off the bedroom, and a kitchen. Some of the lawns are already ; being mown, while others are in the course of being laid out. Paths and roadways will be of concrete or tar-sealed. It is intended to dam the creek which runs through the hospital grounds at three-quarter tide, !so that there will be no unsightly mudflats or smells, and to construct a walk "along its banks. Mr. Pdstlowaite's Comments Included in the inspecting party this morning was Mr. A. P. Postlewaite, president of the Auckland Returned Services' Association. At the conclusion of the visit, Mr. Postlewaite said he was impressed by the appointments of the hospital, but he felt that service patients, if they were moved out there, would be pleased with the pleasant surroundings and facilities for treatment but would be concerned by the distance of the hospital from the city. Relatives and friends could visit patients in the military block at the Auckland Hospital with a minimum of trouble, and this was of considerable importance.

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DOMINION'S BEST, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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DOMINION'S BEST Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945