Doc Wallace is the village GP. Formerly a Naval physician, he still has his talking parrot which takes part in consultations. His surgery is very popular with people who are perfectly well; find out why in An Evening at the Doctor’s from the album Archive Editions 2. Warning: contains ‘curative vapours’.
Matron runs the Cottage Hospital like a private hotel where the ambulance is available for light removals and outings.
The District Nurse is a respected disciplinarian going on her rounds in a ‘Tudor’ (Morris Traveller) car.
The Green Flux is a disease specific to Grunty Fen which has broken out sporadically since medieval times. There is vital information on the green flux – and the attempts to understand, cure and prevent it – in both The Authorised Guide to Grunty Fen and Who’s Who in Grunty Fen.
The Hospital Bed Fence separates Dennis’s plot and Farmer Saltmarsh’s land. Dennis ‘adjusts’ it a couple of inches every year to his advantage.
The fence is made of old hospital beds which rattle in the wind – because the legs are full of pills hidden there by patients long ago.