Posted May 08, 2019 08:01:08Midland Memorial Hospital near Ilford is home to the hospital that I grew up with, the Midland Memorial Medical Centre, which I’ve visited every few years since I was four years old.
The building has a long history, having been built in 1929, and it’s now the home of Midland Community Hospital, a health facility for patients with mental health problems.
When I was younger, I remember sitting on a bench on the main floor waiting to go in.
It was a warm day and the nurses were on duty.
But then one of them told me to wait, and I was told to sit.
They were telling me to stand up straight, and then I was going to get into the waiting room.
I remember thinking: ‘This is going to be very uncomfortable’.
Midland Community Medical Centre in Adelaide, Victoria.
The waiting room for patients waiting to be admitted to Midland Hospital.
One of the waiting rooms at Midland, the only one in Adelaide.
A doctor and two nurses sit on the bench on my right, as they wait to be treated.
On the left is a man in a wheelchair, a patient who is in a wheel chair.
At the top of the stairs is a woman in a head scarf, waiting to receive her treatment.
Dr James Stoddart, Midland’s chief medical officer, said that in his time at Midlands, about 200 patients had been admitted to the facility.
He said it was common for patients to wait for hours before they were able to see a doctor, and that it was not uncommon to have patients waiting for an hour or more.
“It’s a very difficult place to work in,” he said.
There were about 70 doctors in the waiting area, and a small staff of about 20.
Mr Stoddarv said he knew that he had to be careful when treating patients who were not on their medication, and he had a number of specific measures in place to make sure he did not run into patients in distress.
Midlands’ chief medical officers, Dr James Stodart and Dr Ian Wilson, attend a presentation about mental health issues at the Midlands Memorial Hospital in Adelaide’s north-west on May 6, 2020.
Some patients who had been in hospital for more than two weeks, or had been treated at least once before, had their medication removed.
Each day they were given a different dose of medication, which the doctors would then administer to them.
After about 20 minutes of waiting, they would be taken to a room, where they would then be monitored by a nurse, who would administer a dose of their medication to them, as instructed.
An X-ray of a patient at Midlanders’ Midland hospital.
In the waiting areas, patients were given information on the mental health services available and were able a range of different interventions.
During the day, patients could also be seen by nurses, and would be asked questions about their health and wellbeing.
Patients could also see doctors at Midllands.
‘It’s just not the place for me’After a while, Mr Stoddard decided to stop treating patients at Midmels.
Although he had been treating patients for two weeks when he retired, he decided he didn’t feel comfortable treating them again, so he decided to take his own life in early December.
While he died, his family and friends were left devastated.
”It’s been hard for them,” Mr Stodard said.
”But we’re grateful that we can’t lose someone like this.
We’re so grateful to the Midlanders, we’re so thankful to the community, and we’re also grateful to Midlanders for the way they have helped us through this difficult time.”