the hospital exchange
Am I all right?
While John Gilbert was in the hospital, he asked his doctor to tell him whether his operation had been successful, but the doctor refused to do so.
The following day, the patient asked for a bedside telephone.
When he was alone, he telephoned the hospital exchange and asked for Doctor Millington.
When the doctor answered the phone, Mr. Gilbert said he was inquiring about a certain patient, Mr. John Gilbert.
He asked if Mr. Gilbert's operation had been successful and the doctor told him that it had been.
He then asked when he would be allowed to go home and the doctor told him that he would have to stay in the hospital for another two weeks.
Then Doctor Millington asked the caller if he was a relative of the patient.
'No,' the patient answered, 'I'm Mr. John Gilbert.'