I remember being in this hospital for an operation on my eye in 1976 when I was 9. I was not allowed to keep any of the sweets or ginger that family and friends brought me, they had to be handed in to the nurses on the childrens ward before visiting. I thought this was a disaster at a time when everybody felt sorry for you and wanted to ply you with as much sweets and ginger as they possibly could, and I could not get my greedy little mits on any of it. One concession was a kids party after lunch.
All contraband was confiscated ie sneaked in mars bars etc all drawers were checked. I was told that this was because kids from childrens homes were regularly on the ward and did not have mums or dads to bring them sweeties - did not cut the mustard with me I thought the staff were eating them all - suspicious litter bugger I was.
Still emotionally scarred by this - I now hide my sweeties were no one finds them.