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Bed 12

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’The book is a necessary reminder of our own vulnerability, our capacity to act well towards others and, finally, of the great work being done by the NHS in the UK’

Title: Bed 12

Author: Alison Murdoch

Publisher: Hikari Press

Reviewer: Elaine Williams, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

What was it like?

The author describes a clear, heartfelt, honest and clear account of how she dealt with the sudden and mysterious illness of her husband when he fell into a coma and was admitted into the intensive care unit of St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. The book is a necessary reminder of our own vulnerability, our capacity to act well towards others and, finally, of the great work being done by the NHS in the United Kingdom. The story unfolds beautifully but I won’t say how it ends. That is for you to discover by reading Bed 12.

What were the highlights?

It shows the NHS at its best, the expertise, competence and above all, the compassion of the staff at the hospital both with regard to the patient and towards his wife who was a steadfast and abiding presence at his bedside. A book to support the celebration of the NHS 70th birthday

Strengths & weaknesses

This book is easy to read and hard to put down although probably not one for the beach. It is a moving and fascinating account of sudden illness and its effect on a relationship. Very well-written and readable; it was both moving and humorous. A worthwhile reminder of the fragility of life and what may happen to any one of us, any day.

Who should read it?

Everyone especially those considering selling off the NHS.

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