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PerryBebbington

Jan 25, 2021, 08:55 pm Last Edit: Jan 25, 2021, 08:57 pm by PerryBebbington
I read a lot of crime fiction, not all of it on this website. Crime means violence, violence means people going to hospital. In some of the fictional hospitals visitors seem to have to justify their relationship with the patient, in particular only family seem to be allowed. This seems odd. I am in the UK, I have been in hospital and I have visited people in hospital. The only restrictions are generally visitors are only allowed at certain times and only a certain number at a time, typically no more than 2 at a time. The relationship between the patient and the visitor is not questioned.

Is it different in your country? Are only family allowed? If so what is the justification? Or are the restrictions portrayed in works of fiction just that; fiction?

Paul_KD7HB

The idea of only allowing family to visit has immediate problems. What proof is required for family connection? None I have ever noticed.
In the 1960's, my wife and I both worked in the same hospital. She in the lab, me in the accounting dept. One time the local Gypsy king was hospitalized with terminal cancer. "family" came from all over the country and foreign countries to visit. The hospital hired security personnel to guard the doors and halls in attempt to limit the disappearance of  equipment. "family" members were everywhere.
Eventually the hospital moved the "king" to care in a residence away from the hospital to limit the "visitors". So, there is no limit to family in American hospitals.
Paul

Robin2

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Jan 26, 2021, 11:05 am Last Edit: Jan 26, 2021, 11:07 am by Robin2
Eventually the hospital moved the "king" to care in a residence away from the hospital to limit the "visitors". So, there is no limit to family in American hospitals.
That suggests that you would have to at least pretend to be family to visit in an American hospital.

What happens if you are just a work colleague or the next-door-neighbour of the ill person?

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

Paul_KD7HB

That suggests that you would have to at least pretend to be family to visit in an American hospital.

What happens if you are just a work colleague or the next-door-neighbour of the ill person?

...R
My late business partner was in the hospital with an earlier ailment. My wife and I visited him with no problem. Just asked for the room number and directions and away we went. Happy patients get well quicker than lonely ones, I guess.
Paul

Robin2

My wife and I visited him with no problem.
So it's not restricted to families.

I wonder where the authors of Perry's books got the idea that it is?

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

Paul_KD7HB

So it's not restricted to families.

I wonder where the authors of Perry's books got the idea that it is?

...R
He wrote about fiction, right?
Paul

Robin2

He wrote about fiction, right?
Yes, but it's not weird fiction. In my experience crime fiction authors try for verisimilitude - apart from the numbers of corpses :)

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

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