This was news to me. There’s talk among hospital authorities in the UK . . . Should flowers in the hospital room be banned? Some UK hospitals have taken this step already.
A range of reasons: flower-water harboring bacteria, greater workload for hospital personnel, space constraints, spills, harm to high-tech medical equipment. In particular, flowers, live plants, fruits, vegetables are not allowed in treatment rooms of patients with low white blood cell levels.
There are opposing views about the validity of this recommendation and a lack of statistics, but consider yourself warned. Infection reduction in hospital is a big issue now.
Before showing up at the hospital with a get-well bouquet, you might want to call the hospital first and ask if flowers are banned in patient rooms.
Nancy R. Peck