GOSH Love Stories

14 Feb 2020, 12:37 p.m.

It's the hospital's birthday, and love is in the air today, so we're sharing a few hospital stories that will tug at your heart strings! Meet some wonderful past-and-present hospital staff who share their love stories.

 Janet and Dave

"In 1992 the GOSH Heart and Lungs Transplant Team decided to enter a team into the British Transplant Games in Exeter," begins Janet. "A group of staff met and jobs were allocated. My job was to organise the transport. I hired a coach for the weekend...

"... and I have now been married to the coach driver for 25 years! Our wedding was brilliant and as you can see from the photo, we used appropriate transport! When people ask how we met, Dave and I love to tell people that I hired him for the weekend!"

 Bhumik and Emily

"We were both working on Elephant ward when we met." says Bhumik. "Emily was a band 5 ward nurse and I was working as the ward based pharmacist. About a year after meeting, I proposed before Em left GOSH for a year to go travelling around Africa. She came back in 2014 and in 2015 we had a big Indian festival wedding, a three day event with six marquees and 500 invited guests!

"We now have a two-and-half year old son called Bartholomew, but he is known as Tolly," says Emily. "His politeness and chattiness comes from me, he’s so laid back too which comes from both of us, but his loves of vehicles and grumpiness comes from Bhum."

 Sir Thomas Barlow and Ada Dalmahoy

"Our eminent Victorian Sir Thomas Barlow married one of the Ward Sisters, Ada Dalmahoy, in 1880," begins GOSH Archivist Nick Baldwin. "Barlow was a member of staff for a record 70 years, and identified the condition infantile scurvy (also known as Barlow's Disease) at GOSH in the late 1880s.

"He had a long and happy life with Ada, who broadened his outlook, and got him interested in literature and art. They had five children together, and Barlow lived to be almost 100 years old - from 1845-1945!"

A Happy Valentine's Day to all our staff, and Happy Birthday to our very special hospital!

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