I did my nursing training back in 1986 in one of the oldest provincial hospitals in Pretoria. I was told that the wards were spooked at night and that some of the wards and private rooms were haunted by ghosts when darkness fell. I ignored the stories because I didn't want to be scared at work during the night, and on the other hand I didn't believe everything I heard. I worked four nights for the first time in my life in the cancer ward. During that time seven patients died because of the illness. It was the saddest time in my life. Nothing unusual happened during that period. I was relieved, and believed that the haunting stories were not true.
I was booked to work nightshift again, but in the neurological ward. The ward was divided into two sections, female and male section. On the female section there were also three private rooms where there were three patients that were in comas and bedridden due to brain injuries. The female ward with six beds in it was empty.
I was a junior first year nurse working with a senior three year student nurse who was in charge of the ward that night. She told me when we were finished before 10.00p.m. And the patients were settled for the night to go and close the female ward's doors. I did as she asked. At around 2.00a.m we heard sounds of hospital furniture moving around in the empty female ward. I stood up to go and investigate, but my senior told me to ignore the noise and to leave the doors shut until six the morning. She said the ward is haunted and the senior nurses are used to it. When the ward is empty they close the doors because the furniture moves around. At 6a.m. That morning we opened the doors of the female ward, and all the ward furniture was moved to the middle of the ward except for the beds, the curtains around the bedsides was closed around each bed.
The story behind this is unknown. Nobody could tell why this was happening in the female ward when empty. It remains a mystery.