Special care for Life Hilton’s first patient

2015-09-29 11:30
Life Hilton Hospital’s first patient, Nathan Cunningham, with his mom Nicky Cunningham, hospital manager Indren Pooven and matron Chantelle Coelho.

Life Hilton Hospital’s first patient, Nathan Cunningham, with his mom Nicky Cunningham, hospital manager Indren Pooven and matron Chantelle Coelho. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The newly built Life Hilton Hospital opened yesterday and welcomed its very first patient, a brave nine-year-old boy, through its doors.

After weeks of waiting to be given the go-ahead, the hospital was finally opened and fully operational from yesterday morning, just in time to treat Nathan Cunningham.

A grinning Nathan was wheeled into the hospital yesterday morning, one leg in a full cast, by hospital staff, accompanied by his mother, Nicky Cunningham.

The two were given a warm welcome by the nurses and doctors on duty as they gathered around the entrance to greet him.

With the hospital all to himself, matron Chantelle Coehlo told Nathan he had his pick of rooms in the paediatric ward. Settling on room number six, the Laddsworth Primary School pupil from Winterskloof said he was happy with his decision.

Nathan said he had injured his knee when he fell off his motorbike on Sunday and had already been through many x-rays, although he wasn’t sure yet if it was broken.

“Nathan has been very brave and didn’t even really cry when he fell off the bike and hurt his knee.

“He has really been given special treatment by the hospital and their staff,” said his mom.

Propped up on pillows, Nathan said he had been made to feel “extra special”.

“I feel like I am being treated like a prince,” he said with a shy smile.

Matron Coelho said the hospital was excited to have its first patient on the first day it opened.

Hospital manager Indren Poovan said although their first day open to the public had been fairly quiet, he expected today to be busier.

“With the public holiday last week and all the processes hospitals have to go through to open, we are fully-staffed and I think things will pick up tomorrow,” he said.

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