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How To Keep Yourself Informed

A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph's Hospital and she timidly asked, "Is it possible to speak to

someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?"

The operator responded, "I'll be glad to help, dear. What's the patient's name and room number?"

The grandmother in her weak tremulous voice said,

"Norma Findlay, Room 302."

The operator replied, "Let me place you on hold while I check with her nurse."

After a few minutes the operator returned to the

Phone. "Oh, good news. Her nurse has told me that> Norma is doing very well. Her blood pressure is fine;

Her blood work just came back as normal. And her physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged Tuesday."

The grandmother said, "Thank you. That's wonderful. I was so worried! God bless you for the good news."

The operator replied, "You're more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?

The grandmother said, "No, I'm Norma Findlay in Room 302.

But no one tells me anything!"

OK, i'm done, hope i cheered someone up!

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Ah ha ha ,,, yeah you cheered me up at least ... brilliant stargazer :-) :-)




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Very funny but quite often (uk) sadly very true.


Lovely - and probably true!! Thanks for sharing.




To be remembered......just in case!


A friend once asked me what he should take into hospital with him. I said a mobile phone and the name of a good lawyer.

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😄😄😄 funny but probably quite true!!


While I was in hospital a young doctor came in and asked if I would mind helping with a survey about communication in hospital. All my replies about whether I understood my condition etc were very positive but when it came to the question about whether I felt I could ask my consultant questions I had to say No.

We had a little discussion about this and agreed that a formula needed to be found whereby the very busy and possibly tired and stressed consultant could invite the patient to ask about something on their mind while making it clear that a long discussion was not an option. A balance needs to struck between someone timid who just listens to the god-like consultant and the person who treats him /her as an employee!


Excellent! I like your story!


My story. My wife was in Kingston Hospital many years ago to have her gall bladder removed. She had the operation on a Friday afternoon and when I went into see her at night she was still pretty drowsy.

I phoned on the Saturday morning and they said that she was doing well. She was much improved when I went in to see her in the afternoon and was sitting up eating her dinner when I left.

When I phoned on the Sunday morning the person went to check. Returning to the phone she said in an upset voice, 'Did no one tell you that Mrs F. died on Friday night'

It didn't throw me, I just said that it must have been her ghost who was sitting up happily eating dinner when I left last night. A sharp intake of breath from the other end and she went away again. She came back very apologetic and said that they had two Mrs F's and it was the other one who had died on Friday. I rather doubted two with our surname as it is not a very common name.


Obviously a joke from America. Patient confidentiality rides here and it can be like getting blood out of a stone unless the medic knows you!!!!

Good one though.


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