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Hospital staff commended for poignant wedding celebration

Nurses and staff from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) have been praised for going above and beyond their duties to help facilitate a patient’s wedding.

Emma Shrewsbury was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a chronic lung disease, in July 2016, and her condition has deteriorated in recent months.

Emma and her husband, Ian Shrewsbury, both from Christchurch, had booked their wedding for 1 March 2019, but following devastating and unexpected news last week, a decision was made to move the date forward.

Emma said: “To say we appreciate what the staff here have done is a vast understatement. The care they have given has been faultless and they have gone above and beyond in every aspect.

Emma and Ian were married by the hospital lake at RBH on Saturday 27 October in the presence of close family, and the RBH staff looking after Emma.

Ian said: “I spoke with the registrar on Saturday morning and the staff dealt with everything else. The little touches were really very special and made the day unforgettable for us. One of the staff even played the wedding march when outside – we couldn’t have asked for more.”

The newlyweds were overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of staff not only at RBH, but from staff at the local Tesco store, who donated a wedding cake, bottles of bubbly and beautiful flowers and decorations.

Mel Ivory, ward sister, said: “Emma and Ian are such lovely people and so the team and I were thrilled to be able to help them. It was a real team effort and is a wedding that I certainly won’t forget.”


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