Moderator Visits Victoria Hospital
Published: Monday 29 Oct 2018
From left - Mark Evans, Head of Spiritual Care; Right Rev Susan Brown, Moderator; Lynn Campbell, Associate Director of Nursing; Rev Mary Stobo, Moderator's Chaplain; Robert Balfour, Lord-Lieutenant of Fife
THE RIGHT Reverend Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has met with patients and staff at Victoria Hospital as part of a series of visits to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
Lord Lieutenant of Fife, Mr Robert Balfour, also joined Mrs Brown at the event, which focussed on the experience of patients with cancer and those with life-limiting conditions.
Mrs Brown spoke with staff and volunteers working in organ donation and palliative care at an informal coffee morning, before meeting patients and staff within Victoria Day Hospice and Fife Maggie’s Centre.
As part of the visit, a memorial within Victoria Hospital’s Haven was dedicated to all those who have given and received life through organ donation.
Helen Wright, Director of Nursing, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed Mrs Brown and Mr Balfour to listen to the personal experience of our patients, and to explore the role of our staff and volunteers in providing care and support for patients and their families throughout their journey.
“Not only through physical and emotional care, but through the spiritual and practical support that is important to them as an individual.”
Mrs Brown said: "It is a privilege to hear from those who walk with others through life's highs and lows as well as those for whom the tears and joys are all too real.
"I am grateful to staff and patients who shared their stories and for the care and expertise of chaplains and medical, nursing and allied health professionals, all of whom nurture people at the most difficult and traumatic moments in their lives.
"I recognise too the courage of the families, who in the moment of greatest loss, choose to give life to others through organ donation. It has been an enormous privilege to be here."