Over the years there have been numerous tales of a benevolent spirit that is said to heal the sick from the ‘other side’.
For years, paranormal investigators venturing into abandoned asylums and other such places have reported encounters with the ghosts of those who once resided there, but what is perhaps not quite as well known is the fact that there have also been stories of ghostly figures lurking in the shadows of modern day hospitals that are still up and running.
One compelling example of this concerns the alleged ghost of a nurse who is said to haunt the wards and corridors of Scunthorpe Hospital in England.
Characterized by her ‘sweet-smelling’ perfume and a long skirt, this benevolent apparition has been seen multiple times by several people – and in particular members of staff – over the last 20 years.
The story goes that the nurse appears when she is needed to help the sick and there have even been tales of patients recovering after she paid them a visit.
Workers maintain that her appearance is foreshadowed by the overwhelming smell of her perfume.
“The majority of these experiences happen in old buildings with a tremendous sense of history and people are aware of this,” said psychologist Richard Wiseman.
“Hospitals are inherently places associated with death.”
“Nurses in particular have to cope with life and death on a daily basis. At some level there is a need to believe in ghosts and an afterlife, as a way of saying death is not final, as a comfort.”
Hospital officials, meanwhile, have denied any knowledge of the stories.
“We are far more concerned with helping the living,” said a spokesperson.