As wonderful as the new Cottage Hospital facility appears to be, there are certain changes the public might have a need to know about.
The friendly public face of Cottage Hospital has always been the cafeteria: a place to get nutritious food at a very reasonable price. I’m happy to say that this is still the case, and the serving area is much larger – a plus.
There are fewer seats in the new cafeteria, though there are plenty of seats outside, exposed. So when it is cold or rainy, your choices are limited.
After eating, you might go looking for a bathroom. In the previous arrangement there were four nearby to the cafeteria, two for men and two for women. The men’s had two wash basins, two urinals, a changing board for an infant, and one stall. The latter was inadequate; one would think the new facility would have increased the number of urinals and stalls, but the opposite is the case.
The new facility has one bathroom each for men and women near the cafeteria. The men’s is for only one person at a time (and has no diaper-changing board). If you walk back beyond the cafeteria to the elevators, there is a unisex bathroom, though no sign directs you to it. If that one is occupied, you can still go to the bathrooms in the old building, but you can only get to them by exiting the new building to the sidewalk and then entering the old building again.
That aside, I’m glad that the public is in so many important ways being served well by the new Cottage Hospital.