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A hospital admission that changed my life

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 17 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:k
  1. Tiz North, consultant radiologist
  1. Carshalton

    Only a bear for company I was only a toddler when I was admitted to a Sheffield hospital with poliomyelitis during the 1950s epidemic. My parents lived in Mexborough and did not have a car so they could not visit me every day. Today the hospital would have a room for my mother to sleep in and she would be able to spend all day with me. Instead, I was put in an isolation ward with a barrier nursing technique that …

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