Published: 12/08/2004, Volume II4, No. 5918 Page 9

A guide to organising NHS visits from celebrities, royals and ministers has been launched online.

Ceremonial Occasions author and Nexus PR director Mark Purcell has been involved in over 80 royal visits during his career.

He says the guide - first published as a leaflet in the 1980s - takes account of changes to the way VIPs prefer events to be planned.

Details include choosing the right guest of honour, seating plans and flower arrangements.