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David's Story

David was recently admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) to have spinal surgery where he also spent time recovering and undergoing rehabilitation in the new Spinal Unit.

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After feeling sharp pains in his arm and uncomfortable thumping in his head, David went for a scan which determined he required spinal surgery.

Having also been treated at the old RAH, David quickly noticed the many differences between the two hospitals, in particular the increased space and privacy in his single room.

“The building is fantastic. Having my own room gives me a sense of privacy, it’s peaceful here. I also like having the window opened, even when it’s cold”.

The new and improved Spinal Unit located on level 5G has a total of 16 rooms.

The space also has capacity for 50 emergency spinal call patients and 300 elective surgery patients each year and includes a purpose built sky garden to assist patients with their recovery.

David credits the RAH staff for their professionalism and kindness during his stay at hospital.

“All the way down the line the staff have been great. They made you feel so much at ease because it is a bit scary. I’ve never had one of these surgeries before”.

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