First patient to start treatment at the new Royal Adelaide Hopsital

BOXING coach Paul Panos will make history on Monday — albeit for reasons he would probably like to avoid.

Mr Panos, 51, will be among the first renal outpatients and radiotherapy patients who will receive treatment at the $2.3 billion new Royal Adelaide Hospital

The sportsman will be under the spotlight as he becomes the first renal outpatient to use the new medical spaces.

media_cameraBoxing coach Paul Panos, the first outpatient at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. Picture: Tom Huntley

After being diagnosed with kidney disease when he was 37 and receiving a kidney transplant donation from his mother in 2011, Mr Panos attends specialist, three-monthly check-ups at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital.

He said he was looking forward to his routine 1pm appointment, particularly because he was not going to miss the “dreary place on the sixth floor of the old hospital” he used to attend.

“There’s been a lot of attention on the new hospital … so I’m looking forward to going and checking out the place,” he said.

“It will be a bit of a change from going to the other place for the last 14 years, I can tell you that.”

Mr Panos is a reluctant public face of the new RAH’s first outpatient and jokes it’s not because of his good looks.

“Maybe they’ll put a picture of me on the wall,” he laughed.

The new RAH also begins receiving its first radiotherapy patients from Monday, with cancer patients being welcomed to a new era of treatment complete with bright artistic views.

media_cameraA radiation oncology room at the new RAH, with artwork above the linear accelerators. Picture: supplied

Four patients with early stage breast cancer will be the first to receive radiotherapy at the new hospital and will have it a large, light-filled area designed to put them at ease.

They will gaze up at artwork on large ceiling skylights showcasing relaxing natural scenery while receiving treatment, in an effort to calm them at a vulnerable time.

Director of Radiation Oncology, Royal…

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