February 5th, 2009

Moving patients in UK hospitals

Have tried searching every possible variation of 'moving' 'patients' and 'UK hospitals', but all I get are adverts for porters' jobs and news stories about putting up cancer patients in hotels.

Setting: present-day UK.

I'm posing as a hospital porter in order to smuggle a patient out of a psychiatric ward. What kind of paperwork and/or excuses do I need in order to move them? Are there are any particular tests I can claim I'm taking a periodically hysterical, often-hallucinating patient for?

ETA: Answered! Thanks very much.

how does a U.S. Marine write home?

Setting: Contemporary U.S. / Middle East; specifically Marine Corps

I'm asking for a friend -- they assure me they've searched extensively through hits for outreach to veterans and serving military, etc, and their f-list is not varied. How often can a military wife communicate with her husband?
...in a combat zone, or a hot spot like say Baghdad?
...currently?
...2-3 years ago?
...13-15 years ago?

The query's two-pronged. 1. How does it work, and how long does it take?Collapse )

Anecdotes about coping with long military separations would be great too. :) [The characters have no children or dependents, though they have many friends. The wife is a civilian.]

2. What can this character's skill sets be, to have both combat experience and freedom to write home often?Collapse )

Other bits that have been answered. Thanks!Collapse )

My friend and I thank you in advance!

Jewish thanksgiving exclamation

Scenario: New York, 1970s.
Dad, grandparents and kids are walking down the street. Toddler makes a break for it, Granny manages to snag him by his collar three seconds before he gets flattened by a taxi. What's she likely to say, or pray? I think from canon they're either Conservative or Orthodox.

I Googled for Jewish prayers, but what I got was more formal/organised than what I had in mind.

Thanks.
  • Current Mood: hopeful

Marriages being Invalidated by laws?

I've got an interracial couple, Catherine and Malachi. They live in an AU steampunk sort of world, but the legal system is a combination of US and UK law, with a few odds and ends kicked in.

My problem is this--interracial marriage is a hot topic at this point in the history of this world. If the place where thy lived passed a law allowing interracial marriage, and they tra-la-la'ed over to a courthouse and got married, without falsifying any information or fraud of any type, if/when the law allowing interracial marriage was repealed--would their marriage stand, or would it be invalidated, even though it was made in all good faith?

googled: interracial marriage laws, marriages invalidated, legal annulments and got nada.