Australian crime writer Robin Bowles was forced to spend an unplanned week in Oamaru and can’t speak highly enough of the town and the hospitality she and her husband received while here.
Mrs Bowles has many best-selling novels to her name, including Dead Centre, which considers the disappearance and alleged murder of British tourist Peter Falconio, and Blind Justice, about the alleged suicide of Victorian country housewife Jennifer Tanner.
The Melbourne couple flew into Christchurch on Friday, October 17, and drove to Oamaru with the intention of staying one night and then continuing a week-long sight-seeing adventure around the South Island. They arrived at the Top Ten Holiday Park, however Mr Bowles was taken to hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning with severe back pain from a slipped disc and pinched nerve. He was discharged on the morning of Tuesday, October 21, only to be re-admitted again.
Mrs Bowles, who is an ex-nurse, said the care given to her husband from the emergency response team and the “outstanding reception” received from hospital staff was overwhelming.
“The staff were very professional, warm and not busy. What happens in Australia is that people are too busy for patients. The care on the ward has been exemplary, great nursing and dare I say it …old-style nursing, very patient-focused.”
“The hospice shop lady made me a cup of tea, Malcolm from the AA came out when my car broke down and Darryl from the Nissan service centre fixed it. I can’t tell you, I just feel like I’m visiting royalty.
“When I go home, I’m going to be really nice to all my Kiwi friends.”
By LINDA MCCARTHY
PHOTO: LINDA MCCARTHY – Australian crime writer, Robin Bowles, outside Oamaru Hospital.