It is hardly surprising that hospitals are home to ghosts. Though of course many good and happy things happen in hospitals, and many people go home in better health, it’s an undeniable fact that more people die in a hospital than almost anywhere else. And maybe Britain has such a rich tradition of hospital ghost stories because of its many very old hospitals.
A moral message
The stories are typically the preserve of the nurses. Probably more of the ghosts described are of nurses rather than patients, and most of those who see them or report them are also nurses. Stories are passed down by word of mouth through generations of young doctors and nurses, and many of the stories have a moral message.