Saturday, 27 February 2010

Hope springs eternal

Feeling much better after my day off (yes, I went back in on Friday). Good job I am because I went to visit a friend today in hospital in a High Dependency Unit where there are so many restrictions I wasn't sure they'd let me in. Luckily, they did.

He was in Hope Hospital in Manchester, which I had heard of, but never visited. "Aptly named", I thought. So I set off, following my friend's wife's instructions along the M602 and followed the signs for "Hope Hosptial". All well and good.

Then the signs disappeared. I was somewhere in Salford looking for a bloody great hospital.

I found one, called "Salford Royal Hospital"

"Can't be two large hospitals in Salford", I thought, and promptly entered this one.

Luckily, it was the right one.

Why change the name?

Just to confuse visitors?

To confuse me even more, next door was a massive new building in progress, a "£200 million project of a new Hope Hospital"

Whoa!?

"Royal Salford" or "Hope"?

Make your mind up!

Reminded me of when I first came to Manchester and my husband was taken to hospital with concussion from a football match. I got a phone call from the manager saying,

"Andy's concussed. He's going to Park Hospital. See you there"

and he promptly rang off.

I got the A-Z out and looked for Park Hospital.

None.

I had to phone his mum and ask where Park Hospital was.

"Oh, it's 'Trafford General'" she said.

What is it with Manchester Hospitals?


8 comments:

Hayley said...

Oh hope your friends ok? How infuriating are those name changes? Thankfully round here we have one hospital and one only ... and it doesnt have a nickname! :)

Working Mum said...

You're lucky Hayley, we have so many hospitals, each specialising in different things that we spend lots of time and petrol getting to the right one!

PS My friend has a long road of recovery ahead, but he's very positive and determined. I'm sure he'll make a full recovery.

the mother of this lot said...

Hope Hospital is the worst place in the world to get to!

Suburbia said...

Just catching up with your news. I've done that inset day, does make you paranoid.

Hope you are feeling better now.

Very odd about the hospital names!

1 husband, 2 kids (and lots of books) said...

this is so true.. and then you get a GP telling you to take your child to A&E but asking which one you'd prefer? Uh.. the best, the nearest... whichever, I think I sort of hoped he'd know better than me.

Maggie May said...

You have confused me and I don't even live there!

Nuts in May

Polly said...

How frustrating!

Heather said...

It seems like éverything has two names sometimes - the official name and the name all the locals use. very confusing.