Have you heard who's on Ward 3?BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7218.1209a (Published 30 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1209
- Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner
I was once taken to hospital with peritonitis. Like most patients who are well enough to join the queue for an NHS surgical bed, I spent several hours in the accident and emergency department. The admitting doctor apologised in advance for the wait, and wrote me up for a generous slug of morphine.
I had previously spent two years working as a medical registrar at the same hospital. For half a day, I drifted in and …