The pillows are plumped, Sky TV is yet to be turned on and the nozzles of the unopened hand sanitiser bottles are all facing in the same direction. Christchurch's new private hospital smells like the interior of a new car. A flash new car.
Forte Health is a multimillion-dollar specialist, short-stay hospital owned entirely by surgeons. It is a three-storey, glass-encased fortress with lime-green interior frills, four operating theatres, 14 overnight beds and seven recovery recliners.
The Kilmore St hospital, born out of the closure of the earthquake-damaged Oxford Clinic, opened its doors just before Christmas and last night it housed its first overnight patients.