Parish Nurse team carry out more than 80 health checks at agricultural show

The value of Parish Nursing was highlighted at an annual agricultural show at the weekend when more than 80 people had their blood pressure checked.

Catriona Logan, the first practitioner of this kind in the south of Scotland, was on duty at the Dumfries Show with her assistant, Ann Mackie, to offer a range of health advice.

Their expertise may have potentially saved the life of one woman who was advised to seek immediate medical attention because she had dangerously high blood pressure.

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On duty at the Dumfries Show. Parish Nurse team - L-R Ann Mackie and Catriona Logan. Loftus Brown.

Mrs Logan, who is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, is based in St Mary’s Greyfriars’ Church of Scotland in Dumfries.

A former senior charge nurse at Royal Dundee Liff Hospital until she retired, she spends most of her time in the community, providing assistance to people, particularly those who feel isolated, two days a week. (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Spiritual health

Mrs Logan, who underwent training with charity, Parish Nursing UK, provides a “listening and supportive ear” to people.

Rev David Logan, minister at St Mary’s Greyfriars’ Church, said he was “very proud” of the service being provided.

“Parish Nursing is really taking off in south-west Scotland,” he added.

“I am delighted with the results the team are producing in their work with the congregation and throughout Dumfries.”

The project is supported by the Church of Scotland’s Go for Fund, which provides financial support for community projects across the country.

Parish Nursing seeks to provide whole person health care through a local church community.

Based on Christ’s teaching and ministry, as demonstrated in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37),

Parish Nurses provide support for the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of individuals.

Faith

Registered nurses work from their churches offering individuals and communities personal health advice, advocacy support and health education.

They offer support groups, training and supporting volunteers and helping people of all ages and backgrounds to integrate their faith and their health.

Speaking in January, Oliver Mundell, MSP for Dumfriesshire, said he was delighted that the St Mary’s Greyfriars Church was taking "practical action of great value".

He predicted that the role would make a "real difference" in the area.

There are currently 10 Parish Nursing Ministries UK practitioners operating across Scotland.