Monday 26 September 2011 1.26am
... Literally, in my case, as I have a Thursday morning appointment at King's College hospital in SE5 for some heavy-duty multiple extraction work under sedation. The first of two such sessions.
But neither can take place unless I have a "responsible adult, known to me" present on arrival at 9.45am on September 29 who promises to accompany me back to SE1 (I live off Southwark Bridge Road
) later in the morning when I'm discharged.
It's a rule that our local hospital trust hasn't exactly geared to the realities of modern-day inner London. I live alone, have no family within reach of here, and my friends all work by day: in the current dark economic climate I don't feel good about asking any of them to take a morning off, and nearly all would have to travel from other parts of town.
No idea why King's won't just let me recuperate on site until they can see I've come round enough to head off under my own steam. But they're adamant.
So my question is whether this forum might harbour a kind soul willing to meet me there that morning for a quick coffee, check me in and come back a few hours later. Cab paid to my place, then yours, and fifty quid to you or to a charity of your choice. Same again for the next appointment, and I'll be told that day when it is.
Cue debate about the atomisation of urban society....