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Follow this short video about Noreen Gilhespy’s work in East London to discover more about what a Parish nurse does:


Meet a Parish Nurse: Click on the following names to read a summary about what they do:


Our work is very much about getting alongside people, with many friendships being formed.

Here one of our parish nurses tells us about four of the people she has visited:

My friend Sarah

This lady, in her late 30’s, was diagnosed with breast cancer and wanted to speak to our vicar because her life had been turned upside down. The vicar had just left with the youth group for a trip to Germany so Sarah was offered a visit from me instead!

At our first meeting her husband was quite suspicious and stayed with us for the whole visit. I think that he was worried that I might say the wrong thing but all that his wife wanted to know was what I believed in and background to my faith.

We discussed this on my subsequent visits but I was also able to explain about the course that her treatment might take. Unfortunately she had to have three operations, followed by radiotherapy.

We became good friends as I visited, getting to know her as well as her husband, daughter, Mum, aunt & dog! She found the support at the hospital patchy, mostly because she met several specialist nurses over the period of her treatment.

It was wonderful to be able to celebrate with Sarah and her family when she was given the all clear and even better to be able still keep in touch as she is now coming to our church!

My friend Dave

Dave’s wife has Parkinsons but used to attend church regularly, as he would appear at the end of the service to collect her! As she became more frail she found it too difficult and uncomfortable to come, so I arranged to take Home Communion to her.

Dave said that he would like to take it as well and that he was quite good at reading the lesson! Because I was visiting them in their home I could see firsthand the toll that caring for his wife was taking on Dave. I linked him up with our local Carers group and got him an appointment at one on the monthly Pamper sessions!

He was very suspicious about men having massage and actually left the house in quite a mood when I went to sit with his wife so that he could attend! A different man came back after an hour!

I have continued to visit on a monthly basis with communion & to keep him in touch with the Carers group.

My friend Wendy

Wendy came to the village 3 years ago; she & her husband were in their 90s and I met them when Wendy was discharged from hospital. She had been in a muddle about her medication and so I made a referral to our Medicines Support unit.

Sadly her husband was then admitted to hospital and died. As I provided bereavement support I discovered that Wendy had problems with her memory, which her husband had been helping her to hide from her family.

We have now become great friends. I arrange for her to attend the Drop In for people with dementia that I run with Alzheimers Society twice a month, as well as getting to church services. As her needs have increased I have helped Wendy and her family to explore the options available. Soon she will be moving to residential care within the village, so our visits and friendship can continue.

My friends Mary and Rob

Mary had been caring for her husband since his stroke, 20 years ago. In the early days they were still able to go abroad which they both enjoyed but in recent years their world had reduced in size.

I originally became involved as I organized carer support for Mary so that she could attend the Pamper sessions. She had a daughter and grandchildren but sadly they had become estranged.

Last year she herself needed a planned hospital admission and so I helped her to arrange respite admission for her husband. Sadly this did not go well; he had a fall which resulted in admission to hospital, deteriorated and died just after Christmas last year. I had encouraged Mary to contact her family at the time of her admission and thankfully, they had been visiting so were able to help Mary through her bereavement.

I have continued to visit & support as Mary starts to make a new life for herself.