University College Hospital, London
The current University College Hospital on Euston Road opened in 2005 at a cost of £422 million. However, the haunting this article refers to must have occurred in an older building, which I assume may be the cruciform building which opened in 1906 and is just behind the new hospital. This building is now part of University College London.
The following reference to the haunting was found in Mark Gould’s article ‘Ghosts of sisters past’ which was published in The Guardian on 22 December 2004.
A classic of the genre is the “nurse in a bluish-grey uniform” seen by patients at University College Hospital, London. It appears only when screens go up around a bed and is said to be the spirit of a nurse who administered a morphine overdose to a patient and was so upset that she took poison and killed herself.
Annie Lindsay, archivist at UCH, describes the nightly ritual of closing the shutters on a picture of long-deceased surgeon Marcus Beck.
“It was the night sister’s first duty to close the shutters, and the day sister’s duty to open them in the morning. If the shutters were not closed at night, then somebody unexpectedly died.”