Healthcare Workers and
Bishop Kieran opened the second Healthcare Workers Forum, held at St. Dunstan's Church on 30th June. We were very fortunate to have three speakers who gave different perspectives on patients reaching the end of their lives from the point of view of the Health Service. Dr. Jacqueline Ince, a Consultant in Acute Medicine working at the Medical Assessment Unit at St. Peter's Hospital, spoke movingly about how the GMC guidelines were used in her work and gave us broadbrush examples from her own experience. The Reverend Judith Allford, Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care at Ashford and St. Peter's NHS Trust explained the role of chaplaincy and again illustrated this with a particularly apposite example. Matt Loveridge, the Macmillan Community Team Lead, then gave us a very clear and full presentation on Front Line Care in the Community, which covered both patients being cared for in their own homes and in hospices.
This was a thought provoking and stimulating morning which closed with a liturgy where we prayed for all healthcare workers, and for all those who were reaching the end of their lives and for their families. A bring and share lunch was co-ordinated by volunteers from St. Dunstan's and gave everyone an opportunity to meet each other and discuss their thoughts about the morning
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