All the capable men waiting to be discharged from the day operation unit were asked if their wives or someone would help them to administer their post-operative medications. Anyone with previous experience, however long ago, was given cursory advice, and was asked if wives would help. One man who already had experience of his procedure, but some time ago, asked to have an update of what was needed.
A relative of a woman with dementia was given instructions to pass onto carers.
Not one compos mentis woman was asked if she had anyone at home to help her. Obviously, the expectation of the relatively young female nurses was that women could just get on with it!