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Patient ties the knot on ward at Worcestershire Royal Hospital

A patient wedding took place at Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Wednesday (27 November), after ward staff came into work on their day off to help decorate the ward for the service.

Bride Lesley, a retired nurse herself, finally got to tie the knot with partner of 15 years, Nicholas Bailey on the ward where she is currently being cared for.

Following a diagnosis of throat cancer, the couple were forced to bring forward their wedding day, originally scheduled for January. With Lesley in need of on-going care, the team on the Head and Neck ward at Worcestershire Royal Hospital sprung into action and volunteered to host their nuptials on the ward.

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Lesley and Nicholas, from Stourport in Worcestershire, were joined by more than 20 of their friends and family - as well as some emotional ward staff - to tie the knot in a service which included a special reading from the hospital chaplain.

Health Care Assistant, Beth Furlong and Ward Sister, Abby Currie came in on their day off to help decorate the family room on the ward for the service, which was carried out by a county registrar.

Health Care Assistant and chief wedding planner, Beth said: “It was a big team effort from everyone on the ward to make this all happen. Lesley was planning on getting married in January, she had the whole day planned out. Unfortunately, doctors advised her to bring her wedding day forward so we decided to organise today.”

Staff lined the corridor of the ward and applauded as Lesley walked ‘down the aisle’ to meet a nervous Nicholas in the ward’s family room.

Lesley said: “The staff were all amazing. They gave me total care, both emotionally and physically and nothing was too much trouble. From the doctors, nurses, porters and support staff, they’ve all been totally unbelievable!”

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Groom, Nicholas Bailey said: “I want to thank everyone for coming and for all the nurses for making the room look absolutely amazing for our service.”

Beth added: “A few of us have brought all of the decorations in and spent this morning decorating and we dealt with the registrar to make it all official. It’s about putting patients first and making Lesley’s day special.”

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