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Caithness News Bulletins March 2007

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NHS Highland North Community Health Partnership are delighted to announce that the vacancies for Chaplains at Caithness General and Dunbar Hospital have finally been filled. John Craw, Presbytery Deacon working in the Parish of Latheron, Cath Armistead, Salvation Army and the Rev. Alastair Gray, Minister for the Parish of Bower and Watten have now taken up their posts to provide spiritual and religious care to the patients, staff and relatives in the Caithness area.

John Craw (Presbytery Deacon COS), Cath Armistead (Salvation Army) and Rev Alastair Gray (COS)

The Rev. John Craw who has been working as Chaplain at Caithness General since April 2004, said: “We are all really delighted to take up these posts. We see our roles as working to provide spiritual and religious care, not only to patients, but also to all those involved in the delivery of healthcare. One of the main features of being a hospital Chaplain is to support staff and patients through difficult and traumatic situations, through times of personal crisis and just to be there for them. Obviously we are more than happy to share the happy times too, such as weddings.”

Pauline Craw, Assistant General Manager at Caithness General is married to John. Pauline added: “There have been vacancies in this department for quite a while and we have to acknowledge our gratitude for the work which has been done on an ad hoc basis by the Parish Ministers, especially on the Thurso side where there has been a vacancy for almost 2 years.

Since Caithness General has a 24 hour Accident and Emergency service, the Chaplains will provide complete cover and support during that time.”