Sunday, March 04, 2007

Rodez Hospital, the New

If you've been following my series about the closing of the old Combarel hospital in Rodez, you may be wondering what the new hospital looks like. I may still have been wondering myself if my daughter hadn't had a surprise appendectomy performed there in early January.

Photos weren't the first thing on our minds during her four-day stay, but my husband and I did manage to take a few. Above you can see l'hôpital du XXIme siècle, as it has been called in the press, by night-- this could be the only such photo on Internet at the moment, so make sure to take a close look!

Below is the view FROM the new hospital site -- the old hospital was located just below the cathedral on the right:

A lengthy walkway leads to the hospital entrance, giving people something to complain about -- how quickly they forget that it was practically impossible to park anywhere near the old site!

Once inside, you know you're not in Kansas anymore:

Those who find the new site "cold," though, should spend some time in the new "family rooms" -- lounges where family members weary of spending hours in the actual hospital rooms can take a break, read a magazine, or play games. I spent a few hours there correcting papers while my daughter was resting and found the atmosphere most relaxing:

Old or new, funky or ultra-modern, downtown or in the new Bourran business area, one thing hasn't changed: the kindness and skills of the Rodez hospital staff. I thank them for all of the support they've given our family during a few difficult times, and wish them luck as they adjust to their new surroundings.




10 comments:

Mimi said...

A lot of U.S. hospitals have that cold, professional look, including the one in my hometown. But the hospital where my DH had his heart surgery was very warm, and it followed the Planetree philosophy, which is very holistic, so environment was very important. It was all very warm and homey.

Pardon My French said...

Is the family waiting room a new concept? In my hospital visits I don't recall seeing anything like that here. That parking lot is amazing...I've always had to park illegally on my hospital visits, but on the upside I've managed to improve my skills at backing into a parallel space with just enough speed to get two tires over the sidewalk without hitting the car behind (too hard).

Betty C. said...

I don't know if it's a really new concept -- fortunately I haven't been in that many hospitals! But it's sure nicer than the chairs they had in hallways in the old hospital, where sometimes patients went to smoke! That's all over now, of course.

Jann said...

this is very lovely, indeed........a wonderful place to comfort searching souls.......and all of the rest of us who have spent hours standing and waiting while a loved one was being attendied to-this is heaven sent. I have been places where there was no place to sit-

cityfarmer said...

How do you just "close" a hospital????

angela said...

Gosh those couches look comfortable. One of the good points about it being new is that it'll be built to be easy to clean, no corners where those nasty bugs can hide out.
Angela

Betty C. said...

To answer cityfarmer: "Very carefully!" The move was timed ward per ward, with back-up systems in case of emergencies. It took weeks, perhaps even a few months. It is certainly an immense undertaking.

Gigi said...

The photos are lovely, Betty and although it does indeed look very smart and modern...I would quite like one of those blue sofas in my sitting room,too :-)

bluevicar said...

Looks good, but how was the care? We have been very pleased with our minimal interactions with the French healthcare system, but we fortunately we haven't had anything like an appendectomy. I've never even been to a hospital here--and kind of hope I won't. Did your daughter do well? Did she recover without incident? That's the most important thing, isn't it? Or maybe good care is taken for granted in France...I can imagine that too.

Meilleurs voeux!!

Betty C. said...

We were very pleased with the care -- efficient yet friendly.Despite a few problems, France is considered to have the world's best medical system. The main problems are how to continue financing it over the long term!