When I visited an aunt in hospital last summer flowers were not allowed. I visited another aunt on the weekend in a different hospital and flowers are not allowed. The wards look bare, dull and soul-less places without flowers. Now, the <strike>excuse</strike> reason is no doubt nursing staff don't have enough time to tend flowers, but surely if a patient has visitors kind enough to bring them then the visitors themselves would look after them? I cannot possibly believe it is a H&S issue. I also know for a fact flowers are allowed in private hospitals. IMO this is the nanny state gone mad and a sad indictment of today's society. I now remember why I pay my BUPA subsription (plus other reasons that became apparent when I fractured my spine back in January).