As regular readers of my blog will know (all five of you), I recently spent a week in a German hospital following an unpleasant car crash.
This was actually my second week in a German hospital, having spent a week in the same one last year after having my baby there. (Yes, an entire week! No chucking you out after a few hours here!)
So I wasn’t that shocked to discover on my second stay that German hospitals are very different to English ones – i.e. they are nice.
Or should I say Bavarian hospitals. I have come in for some stick lately for referring to Bavaria as German. Tut tut! How dare I confuse a German state as actually being part of Germany!
I even took a few pictures to back up my claims. Do all German hospitals look like this or is it a case of mega-rich Bavaria coming up trumps again? If so, I really undersand why the rest of Germany
is so jealous hates this state. Take a look for yourself.
Spotlights and polished wooden floors? Ja Danke!
Wards with balconies overlooking the gardens? Naturlich!
Plenty of green space for patients to wander about in? In England this would have been turned into a money-making car park long ago!
An empty bed? Definitely not an English hospital then! Watch and weep, David Cameron.
Fancy artwork on the walls? This would never have made it on to the wall of an English hospital, for fear someone would use it to attack one of the staff then steal some morphine.
And a kitchen for patients with free tea, and use of a coffee machine. How lovely!
However, it was in this said kitchen that I also found someone’s secret stash of beer. Remember this is a Bavarian hospital, where prescriptions for beer are readily handed out. (Americans – that was a joke).
My only complaint of the German hospital was the food.
This was breakfast, and the same was ‘dished up’ for dinner.
Bavarians eat a lot, so I was surprised to find really meagre portions existing anywhere in Bavaria. So meagre in fact that when my little German couldn’t bring me food, I had to order take-away from the pizza place across the road. And I honestly don’t eat that much. That pizza man must make a killing from all of the hungry Bavarian patients! Especially the ones with the beer munchies! The most profitable businesses in Germany must be the restaurants close to hospitals! Open one if you can.
Finally, I couldn’t help but laugh at this poster for the hospital hairdresser that I spotted by the lifts. It’s amazing what men can get for 29 Euros these days.