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Twenty years ago, I worked in a hospital managed by an order of nuns.
Every morning Mass was said in the hospital chapel, starting at ten a.m.,
and was beamed over the Tannoy to the hospital wards - not a practice that
would be acceptable nowadays.
Hospital staff were so accustomed to the sound that we never even noticed
One day a female patient was brought to theatre at 0930hrs, and was
returned to the ward at about 1030hrs.
On chatting to her later that day, she told me that when she woke up from
her anaesthetic she heard the sound of holy music and prayers, and
immediately decided that she had died under anaesthetic and was now in
heaven.It took some considerable time before she was persuaded of the
From that day forward the Tannoy in the post-operative ward was switched