Little Cairnie is first in Angus

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LITTLE Cairnie Hospital in Arbroath is the first unit in Angus to have a spiritual care link member of staff who has been trained to offer support to unit staff and to answer questions from patients and relatives on spiritual care services within NHS Tayside.

And the facility is raising awareness of spiritual care and wellbeing this week.

Spiritual care is person-centred care which seeks to help people discover or rediscover hope, resilience and inner strength in times of illness, injury and loss.

A display board highlighting the many spiritual care resources and information leaflets which cover all faiths and none that are available to patients, relatives and staff is on view at Little Cairnie.

The Rev. Rona Phillips, Angus healthcare chaplain, said: “Spiritual Care and Well-being Week at Little Cairnie is an opportunity to highlight the role of spiritual care with patients, relatives, carers and staff.

“We recognise that being in hospital can be an unsettling time for patients and their families. We are not only here to look after our patients’ physical needs but also their emotional and spiritual needs.

“It is important that patients and their relatives are made to feel as comfortable as possible and it is hoped that the additional support that this service can provide will help toward this.”