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Flowers for King cause asthma attack

Flowers for King cause asthma attack

Published: 04 May 2010 14:14 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 May 2010 14:14 GMT+02:00

At least one patient suffered an acute asthma attack at a Jönköping hospital after the facility made an exception to its rule banning flowers for a visit by King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Ryhov County Hospital's entrance was decorated with lilies for several days for the king's visit to present an award to the children and youth medical clinic, Jnytt.se reported on Tuesday.

"It is clear that we should not aggravate our patients' allergies," care administrative director Margaretha Strömberg told Jnytt. "We have a strict policy that says we should not have flowers in the hospital. We made an exception when the king came because we thought it would be nice."

A florist in Jönköping was responsible for the floral arrangements and it was believed that the lilies would be removed immediately after the king's visit. According to Strömberg, there was miscommunication regarding who would remove them, Jnytt reported.

"Something went wrong," said Strömberg. "We borrowed the vases from them, so we thought that they would pick them up."

In addition to the health dangers from the allergy risk, there were also complaints that the king's car and security company Securitas had parked in a way that blocked disabled parking spaces, Jnytt reported.

"That is not true. The other part was available," said Strömberg. "It was only a small part of the disabled parking spaces that were reserved and it was related to security. There was no problem with parking in handicapped spaces and we had available parking in visitor parking. Some people are complaining because if you were against the visit, you would be annoyed by everything."

TT/Vivian Tse (news@thelocal.se)

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21:37 May 4, 2010 by peropaco
Good work Margaretha Strömberg for endangering the live of your patients just because you wanted to kiss up to Karl Gustav. What if someone had gotten violently ill and die? You should be fired for your idiocy and inconsiderate behaviour.. Chienne!
22:40 May 4, 2010 by andersonking
Sometimes this country makes me laugh... the person who suffered the asthma attack was in a bloody hospital at the time! Whats the problem?!
23:00 May 4, 2010 by dizzymoe33
As someone who suffers from sevre Asthma and allergies it was very irrisponsible whom ever odered the flowers for the hospital. There is a reason that the hospital has this policy.
07:58 May 5, 2010 by I Groncour
I'm just waiting for someone to use this as an argument for abolishing the monarchy ...

"See the dangers inherent in the monarchy! ... bla bla bla ... This would never have happend if Sweden was a republic ..."
13:58 May 5, 2010 by Audrian
There artificial flowers that look excatly like the real one. Why did not the hospital decorate the hospital with them and explain why if it was discovered.
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