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British hospitals

Can anyone help me out with information about hospitals in Britain?

I have a character who has been beaten and taken to a hospital unconscious. I'm an American, and as this story takes place in London, I need to get some information about British hospitals, and how the process goes. First of all, I need to know how she'd be admitted, and how she would be attended afterward. Someone told me that in Britain there are wards rather than private rooms, but would this be the case for severe injuries as well? This character's injuries are not immediately life-threatening, but she is unconscious and likely to remain that way for a while.

(In case it matters, her injuries would be reasonably mild for a beating, but since her attack was also partially magical, I'm going to use that to explain away her unconsciousness. She needs to be incommunicado for some time, but not in such danger that she would be operated on immediately.)

Is someone present around the patients at all times, or are they ever left alone? What is the visitation policy around a person admitted without any identification? If someone came along claiming to be related, would they have to provide proof? I've had relatively small experience with hospitals even in the States, so every bit of information I can get would help tremendously- descriptions of hospital procedures, hospital staff and duties, as well as physical descriptions of the hospital itself would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!
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