Spe­cial memo­rial ser­vice is planned

Hamilton Advertiser - - ON THE BEAT - Staff re­porter

NHS La­nark­shire’s an­nual memo­rial ser­vice for those who have lost a baby through mis­car­riage, still­birth or neona­tal death will now take place on Satur­day, April 28.

The ser­vice – led by the spir­i­tual care, mid­wifery and neona­tal team – will be­gin at 1pm in the sanc­tu­ary on level one at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw. The orig­i­nal date had to be cancelled due to the ad­verse weather in March.

Elaine Hamil­ton, be­reave­ment spe­cial­ist mid­wife, said:“the memo­rial ser­vice of­fers a ded­i­cated time of re­flec­tion dur­ing which ba­bies lost through mis­car­riage, still­birth and neona­tal death are re­mem­bered. It also al­lows the op­por­tu­nity for par­ents, fam­i­lies, friends and care providers to come to­gether at this time.

“Any­one af­fected by the loss of a baby, whether in re­cent times or years gone by, is wel­come to at­tend.”

Con­tin­u­ing sup­port is avail­able all year round from the mis­car­riage sup­port group meet­ing. Meet­ings are held on the first Mon­day of the month from 7pm to 9pm, in the quiet room of the spir­i­tual care de­part­ment at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw.

In ad­di­tion, the La­nark­shire branch of SANDS, the still­birth and neona­tal death sup­port charity, meet­ing is held on the sec­ond Mon­day of the month be­tween 7.30pm and 9.30pm in the Ron­ald Miller Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Cen­tre at the hos­pi­tal.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the memo­rial ser­vice, or the sup­port on of­fer, con­tact Elaine Hamil­ton or Jane Hunter on 01698 366653.

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