February 5th, 2009

nick cave

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.
spiral

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?

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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.]

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My friend and I thank you in advance!
aldea, Delearan

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.
vintage

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got married, without falsifying any information or fraud of any type, if/when the law allowing interracial marriage was repealed--would their marriage stand, or would it be invalidated, even though it was made in all good faith?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.