Having previously waxed lyrical about the Royal Children’s Hospital and its architecture …I’ve just had a very ‘close up experience’ from a week inside the hospital caring for my son.
I’m sure there are easier ways to get glimpses of this great building, but the only way to understand the function of the design is to be a full-time carer on the inside.
Like a great organism of healing, the arms of the interior stretch out calmly to embrace the outside. There are very few right angles anywhere – there is a flow and gentleness to the environment which rests and reassures.
It’s never good to have a sick child but if something serious happens to anyone you love, this is surely the best hospital for them to be.
I’m sure my lad will continue to do well after his surgery, but many carers and children I met are have a really challenging time.
I wish all the people working at the RCH and all the families in their care a great Easter and hope the Good Friday Appeal reaps even more donations to keep this wonderful institution alive.