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    Dear Friends,

    I received this skit from a friend of mine.

    Lady rings her local hospital and this conversation follows:

    Lady – Hello I’d like some information on a patient, Mrs Tiptree. She was admitted last week with chest pains and I just want to know if her condition has deteriorated, stabilised or improved?

    Hospital – Do you know which ward she is in?

    Lady – Yes, ward P, room 2B.

    Hospital – I’ll just put you through to the nurse station.

    Nurse – Hello ward P, how can I help?

    Lady – I would just like some information on a patient, Mrs Tiptree, I was wondering if her condition had deteriorated, stabilised or improved?

    Nurse – I’ll just check her notes. I’m pleased to say that Mrs Tiptree’s conditioned has improved. She has regained her appetite, her temperature has steadied and after some routine checks tonight, she should be well enough to go home tomorrow.

    Lady – Oh that’s wonderful news, I’m so happy, thankyou ever so much!

    Nurse – You seem very relieved, are you a close friend or relative?

    Lady – No, I’m Mrs Tiptree in room 2b. Nobody tells you anything in here……. !

    Friends this skit may sound funny. However there is a lot of truth in the joke. Nobody tells the patient anything in many busy hospitals. So much so they are frustrated and quite often depressed. Please do talk to your patients.

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