Appeal for more parish nurses in Norfolk
The first Parish Nurse service in Norfolk operates in the Heartsease area of Norwich, and it is hoped this ministry will grow in other areas of the county.
The service, based at St Francis Church, has been running for nearly two years. It provides whole person health care to people of all faiths and none within the area. Parish nurses often work with a team of volunteers, and there are currently seven members of the team at St Francis.
Parish nurses reach out to people in various ways and provide spiritual, physical and social support. The service offers aromatherapy, flower ministry, bereavement support and transport to health related appointments where possible. The parish nurse also makes home visits on Wednesdays and runs a clinic at the local lunch club on Tuesdays.
The team would like to see Parish Nursing Services grow across Norfolk. All Parish Nurses are registered nurses and are appointed or employed through a local church as part of their mission in the community. Parish nurses are supported by a church and are assisted and accredited by a national organisation and charity called Parish Nurse Ministries UK.
Parish nurses work in a range of different settings and address the needs of their communities in different ways. Registered nurses are able to attend a training course which lasts for five days. Registered occupational therapists and physiotherapists are also welcome to undertake the training.
Angela Stewart, who runs the service at St Francis said “It has been hard work, but very rewarding to set the service up, and we have seen evidence that God’s hand is in it. If there are any nurses in the area who might be interested in finding out more about Parish Nursing, I would be very happy to talk to them about it"
Angela can be contacted on 01603 300916 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured above: Some members of the current Parish Nursing Service Team
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