Mysterious nuns and a legless nurse: Inside the ghostly goings-on in London’s hospitals

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The NHS is renowned for its top medical research, saving the lives of millions and always being there for those in need.

But while London’s doctors and nurses have been rallying around treating the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has seen more than 10 million Brits be administered the first dose of the vaccine, little is known about what actually goes on behind closed doors.

It’s estimated that London is home to around 300 hospitals and clinics, with thousands of members of staff walking the long corridors of them.

However, it’s believed that doctors, nurses and patients all from the past still patrol their old stomping grounds.

St Thomas’ Hospital is believed to be patrolled by a mysterious “Grey Lady”

MyLondon reports that St Thomas’ Hospital is home to the ghost of the famous Grey Lady who still wanders up and down the wards of the building that sits on the bank of the River Thames.

The building that is over 900 years old once saw the Grey Lady working as a nurse but it’s said that she doesn’t want to give up on her former life and often appears to patients who are approaching the end of their life.

While some patients have reportedly mistaken her for a real-life nurse, others say that her legs stop at her knees.

A nurse from the 1800s is said to still attend to patients at Guy's Hospital in Southwark
A nurse from the 1800s is said to still attend to patients at Guy’s Hospital in Southwark

Guy’s Hospital in Southwark is rumoured to be home to the Woman in Boots, a former nurse who once worked at the hospital which dates back to 1721.

The Woman in Boots is believed to wear a 19th-century uniform and often places her hand on patients shoulders in order to reassure them.

But, when she’s not looking after patients, she can often be heard walking loudly up and down the hospital corridors.

Lizzie Church is believed to watch over nurses who administer doses of morphine at Unversity College of London Hospital
Lizzie Church is believed to watch over nurses who administer doses of morphine at Unversity College of London Hospital

University College Hospital London may look brand new with its glass facade but the hospital actually opened back in 1834, so has seen its fair few members of staff, including Agatha Christie.

What is less known, however, is Lizzie Church, a former nurse who worked there in the early 1900s.

Lizzie is said to have accidentally injected a patient with a fatal dose of morphine and ultimately never forgave herself.

The patient in question was rumoured to be her fiancé which was too much for her to cope with and she eventually took her own life, according to myths.

Some patients being treated at the hospital are said to have received “kind” treatment from the mysterious nurse that nobody else has seen, while others claim she watches over nurses injecting the medicine to ensure they don’t make the same mistake as her.

Specialist hospital, The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Harrow first opened its doors to patients way back in 1905 and has since been named one of the best NHS trusts to work for.

The hospital that is built on the grounds of a former convent, home to hundreds of nuns is said to be patrolled by the late Siste who often glides through the hallways.

Have you witnessed any mysterious goings-on in hospital? Let us know in the comments below!





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