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Have you heard who's on Ward 3?

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 30 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1209
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner
  1. London

    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 …

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