Nurses help­ing to make Christ­mas ex­tra spe­cial

Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care staff work­ing be­fore en­joy­ing fam­ily time

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Clin­i­cal Nurse Spe­cial­ist Ma­rina Hizirogullari said: “Work­ing over Christ­mas is a spe­cial time. For some of our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies it can be a mix­ture of feel­ings, and they want to make it ex­tra spe­cial. If we can help by pro­vid­ing sup­port and com­fort, then we have con­trib­uted to that.

“Un­for­tu­nately this time of year can also be a lonely time, so we try and have an aware­ness of pa­tients who may be on their own over the long week­end, and make sure we keep in touch with them. Our model of care is holis­tic, and sup­port­ing some­one emo­tion­ally is equally as im­por­tant as phys­i­cal care.

“My chil­dren will get their stock­ings and presents be­fore my shift starts, and we have our fam­ily Christ­mas Day a few days later when I am off duty.

“They are too small to understand my job, but they know mummy looks af­ter peo­ple – they don’t mind that Christ­mas goes on for a few ex­tra days in our house!”

Ren­nie Grove Hospice at Home nurses work on a shift pat­tern to en­sure that re­spon­sive, round-the­clock care is avail­able to the hun­dreds of pa­tients on their caseload at any one time.

Be­ing avail­able to visit pa­tients at home at any time of the day or night al­lows them to deal with symp­toms and man­age pa­tients’ pain as soon as their con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rates.

This, com­bined with sup­port and re­as­sur­ance for the fam­ily when­ever needed, can make the dif­fer­ence be­tween a pa­tient stay­ing at home and hav­ing to be ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal.

Di­rec­tor of nurs­ing and clin­i­cal ser­vices at Ren­nie Grove Sue Varvel added: “No-one wants to spend Christ­mas on a hos­pi­tal ward if they can help it.

“Some­times it’s un­avoid­able but with the sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity we are priv­i­leged to be able to sup­port the vast ma­jor­ity of our pa­tients to spend Christ­mas in their own home.

“Sadly, for some of our pa­tients, this could be their last Christ­mas and so it is par­tic­u­larly poignant for all the fam­ily to share this spe­cial time to­gether in an at­mos­phere of se­cu­rity and love.

“I know our nurses feel it is a priv­i­lege to be trusted to make this hap­pen and they never be­grudge a missed Christ­mas din­ner be­cause they have been able to make a dif­fer­ence at the most dif­fi­cult time in a per­son’s life.”

To do­nate to Ren­nie Grove’s Christ­mas ap­peal, which aims to en­sure more fam­i­lies have the chance to be at home to­gether at Christ­mas, visit www. ren­niegrove.org/do­nate. FAM­I­LIES got messy at a church’s fi­nal monthly fun event of the year.

The fi­nal Messy Church of the year was held ear­lier this month at Em­manuel Church in Broad Street, Che­sham.

In typ­i­cal Messy Church style it was a mix of fun, mess, chat­ting, singing, laugh­ter and re­flec­tion; fo­cused on a time to pause and think about Je­sus as the true light of the world.

There was a short Christ­in­gle ser­vice that the chil­dren all en­joyed.

Light was the theme for this month’s Messy Church and the enor­mous Christ­in­gle at the front of church had to be seen to be be­lieved.

As usual the ses­sion started at 4pm with crafts and ac­tiv­i­ties around the theme, in­clud­ing making can­dle hold­ers, Christ­mas tree baubles with short prayers writ­ten on and making the in­di­vid­ual Christ­in­gles to be used later on.

The usual bouncy cas­tle and messy games were also very pop­u­lar.

Ev­ery­one then went into the church where Em­manuel’s vicar John Shep­herd ex­plained more about the mean­ing of the Christ­in­gle.

The par­ish­ioners then all stood in the dark in a cir­cle with their can­dles lit and sang some carols. Af­ter the short ser­vice at­ten­dees en­joyed a tea of tomato pasta fol­lowed by dessert.

Sally Cooper who runs the event said: “It was a great way to end the Messy Church year, which has now been go­ing for four years at Em­manuel.

“We al­ways enjoy wel­com­ing loads of faces each month – young and old; ones who have been be­fore and brand new ones too!”

The next Messy Church will take place on Jan­uary 16 from 4pm to 5.30pm.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come and the event is free.

Young­sters en­joyed making Christ­in­gles at the fi­nal Messy Church of the

year at Em­manuel Church

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