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Jane Bates: No wonder we all hate hospitals

Coming back to the place where a loved one passed away can be hard for patients, and it is not always easy for staff either, says Jane Bates.
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Coming back to the place where a loved one passed away can be hard for patients, and it is not always easy for staff either, says Jane Bates

‘I hate hospitals,’ patients often say, and I always agree with them.

I don’t know why they are surprised – maybe they forget nurses are human beings too, with our own baggage. Perhaps they think we are so dedicated to our work that every moment in harness is a delight.

Whether patients or staff, we are all in the same boat, and it is often the memories that are so difficult to cope with.

Memories

A patient I saw recently was gruff and dismissive when I was trying to help deal with his eye condition. It soon emerged he

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