While taking a history recently, I asked the patient why they hadn’t availed themselves of Hospital Y, where their doctors are, much closer to home. (Usually it’s ‘we like this hospital better’, but consultants ask when called).
“They don’t have any private rooms there, so I want to be admitted here.”
I chuckled a little inside before giving my reply: ‘We’re out of space in the hospital, and if admitted you’ll be in the ED all night, or in a hallway upstairs’. (True, we were stuffed to the gills).
So, don’t assume anything in hospitals anymore.