NORTHFIELD’S Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) pulled out all the stops to help ensure a patient did not miss her parents’ wedding renewable ceremony for their diamond anniversary.
Wendy, who was in the ROH, had organised the renewal for Gordon and Pauline Weston who tied the knot in Stoke-on-Trent in 1961.
It was a small event at the time and the couple were very happy but Pauline always longed for a ‘proper wedding’ with all the fanfare and guests.
As they approached their 60th milestone, Wendy planned to do something for her parents who are now in their 80s and put together the special event as a surprise or all friends and family to celebrate together – the big wedding her mum always dreamed of.
Unfortunately, the pandemic meant that the ceremony had to be delayed.
During this time, Wendy’s own health deteriorated, and she required specialist hip surgery from the expert ROH team which could not be postponed.
When the Orthopaedic team heard she would be in hospital on the same day as her parents’ wedding renewal they decided to help with the Ward 4 nursing and housekeeping team organising for the ceremony to be streamed to her room so she could watch and take part.
They helped her dress for the occasion, did her hair and make-up, decorated her room and organised a special meal.
Many of the Ward 4 team came in on their day off, just to sit and enjoy the ceremony with Wendy.
Wendy was moved by the support she received.
She said: “Every single member of the team has been amazing.
“They all deserve medals for what they’ve done.
“I spent so long helping to organise my parents wedding renewal and despite being in hospital, I’ve still been part of the day – I can’t thank them enough.”
Yi Kessey, Ward 4 Manager, said: “We’ve all grown very attached to Wendy – she’s a very special lady and it’s our pleasure to help her celebrate.
“Part of nursing care is seeing the whole person and we knew this event was very important to Wendy.
“I’m really proud of the whole team today.”