NHS Fife has appointed Sharon Dick as the new healthcare chaplain.
Sharon, who is based at Victoria Hospital, will provide support for women and children’s services, as well as coronary care, cardiology, GI and orthopaedic trauma wards.
Hospital chaplains provide a variety of listening and support services for anyone who finds themselves as part of the hospital community. They aim to provide support and assistance through difficult times or significant events. They can access and refer on individuals to further services such as bereavement counselling, if necessary.
Starting her career as a nursery nurse, Sharon returned to higher education to study theology and counselling. Living in Essex, she worked with the community nursing team which supports children and their families with life limiting and palliative care needs. More recently, Sharon has worked for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).
Sharon’s experience of meeting people at times of need and uncertainty has come together with her desire to support and encourage emotional and spiritual well-being in others.
Sharon said: “It’s a huge privilege to step into the lives of people in their hour of need by offering support, and journey with them through the challenges they face.”
The chaplaincy service is available across Fife 24 hours a day, seven days a week.