News

Nurse brings wedding day to the ward for mother of the bride

Patient Janet Adams was too unwell to attend ceremony, but didn’t miss out on the occasion

Patient Janet Adams was too unwell to attend her daughter’s wedding ceremony, but didn’t miss out on the occasion

Ms Adams on the ward with her husband Arthur and daughter and son-in-law on their wedding day
Mother of the bride Janet Adams, alongside her husband Arthur, watched as her daughter
and new son-in-law, Sarah and James West, received a blessing on the ward

It was a case of bringing the wedding to the ward when a nurse ensured a patient was able to enjoy her daughter’s special day.

Nottingham City Hospital staff nurse Rachel Newton said patient Janet Adams was ‘heartbroken’ earlier this month after doctors said she was too unwell to attend her daughter’s wedding.

A blessing on the ward after the wedding

But after ensuring the hospital’s chaplain was available, Ms Newton contacted Ms Adams’ daughter about arranging a blessing on the ward the following day, just hours after the wedding ceremony.

Ms Adams was able to wear the outfit she had chosen for her daughter's wedding
Ms Adams had her hair and make-up
done by a nursing student

‘I asked her if she was planning on coming onto the ward in her dress to show her mum, would she be happy to have a blessing or for me to make a bit of a fuss,’ Ms Newton said.

‘She had a few tears over the phone. I asked her for any personal touches she would like, and she said she would be happy with anything. I said leave it with me.’

Ms Newton, along with other nurses and members of staff, helped decorate Fleming ward with fairy lights and flowers on the day and staged an aisle for the bride and groom. 

Having married earlier in the day, Sarah and James West had the blessing at 6:15pm on 11 August. Ms Adams, her husband Arthur and the ward’s other patients watched as the couple walked down the aisle to Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years.

Patient was overwhelmed by the gesture

Staff nurse Rachel Newton decorating Fleming ward on the wedding day
Staff nurse Rachel Newton decorating
Fleming ward on the day

Ms Adams, who has been on the ward for two months and has cardiac and respiratory failure, was ‘overwhelmed’ by the gesture, Ms Newton said.

She wore the outfit she originally planned to wear on her daughter’s wedding day, with her hair and make-up done by third-year nursing management student Hollie Brailsford.

‘[The chaplain] did an absolutely fantastic service and blessed the wedding rings for them,’ Ms Newton said. ‘The groom was in floods of tears when he was trying to talk. The feedback was that the blessing on the ward was more emotional and better than their actual wedding. They are so thankful.’

Celebrations concluded with wedding cake for everyone involved.


In other news

This is a free article for registered users

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this? You can register for free access.

Jobs