I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my neighbour who has been in hospital for a heart operation. I am pleased to say she is making good progress and we’re expecting her home in the next day or so.
In fact, she has been in three different hospitals. The first was in Central London. She then moved to Harefield and finally to a local hospital in Hertfordshire.
It has been interesting for her (and those of us who have visited her) to compare the hospitals. The truth is that all three have provided a very good level of hospital care, and we must be grateful to them for that.
As I’ve mentioned before, my interest in hospitals stems from the fact that we run A Friend in Need, a website sending gifts to people in hospital on behalf of friends and family who can’t visit the patient in person.
The different attitudes to hospital gifts, and especially flowers, were therefore particularly interesting. One hospital did not allow fresh flowers at all and the other two clearly discouraged them. This does seem very general now, and is one reason why we sell a lot of silk flower arrangements through A Friend in Need.
I think the first thing we’re going to do when our neighbour arrives home is buy her a bunch of fresh flowers!