New lifeBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7338.655 (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:655
- Suzanne Crowe, specialist registrar in anaesthesia
- St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
I was working in medicine for the elderly, as a six month sabbatical after the birth of my first child. My duties included on-call cover from home to a geriatric facility with 300 beds that catered for patients with dementia, stroke, and other chronic medical conditions.
Early one evening I received a call from the hospital to say that “Betty” had passed away, and could I come in to certify …