"A Praying Christian Presence" tacitly happens on the Covid 19 stations – Bible Type

"A Praying Christian Presence" tacitly happens on the Covid 19 stations

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Christian doctors and nurses have described how their faith, through fear, anxiety, and physical exertion, helped them work on the NHS front during the coronavirus crisis. Many have prayed and asked for prayers to heal patients and staff to meet the challenges.

The latest report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) says that by April 17, over 22,000 people in the UK had died from the effects of the coronavirus – 14,796 of them died in hospital. Almost 40 percent of all registered deaths in the same week concerned Covid-19, compared to 33 percent in the previous week. These numbers are higher than those reported by the government.

A surgical registrar at King’s College Hospital in London said Tuesday: “Being in the hospital is a scary prospect at the best of times. The virus means that patients are not allowed to have visitors. This is felt particularly clearly by vulnerable patients as well as by their relatives, who are often isolated at home.

“When I spoke to a patient's older woman, the fear and despair was palpable in my voice when I told her that her husband had tested positive for the virus during his recovery after major surgery. She told me that this was the longest time that they had been separated in 60 years of marriage. I prayed for both and prayed that her husband would survive and come to her home. "

But there were also positive moments, she said. “Healthcare workers from different backgrounds contract and move to different areas. There are pediatric teams that care for adult patients without complaint. The morale is good and there is a feeling that we are more coherent. I hope this will lead to brighter times. "

Arianne Remulta, an endoscopy nurse at King, said: “Knowing that there is a supreme being is such a consolation. I feel that this reduces the burden on patients who know that a higher being is in control. I regularly pray silently for patients; I don't want to assume that they have faith, but when they are in need I will say "Be healed" and I can feel the Holy Spirit working through me. "

Another nurse, Chamomile, said, "I pray for psychological help in difficult times so that I have the strength to look after the patients."

A histopathology doctor in Sheffield said Wednesday that her postgraduate exam had been canceled 10 days earlier. "It felt like a great career that was thrown back when it happened, but God helps me see it as irrelevant compared to the challenges so many face."

She was transferred to a virology lab to cope with the increased workload caused by Covid-19. To do this, employees must be called to confirm the positive Covid 19 test results. “It's easy to treat every call as a different box to tick a list of jobs, but my belief reminds me that every person I speak to was created in the image of God with complex feelings and emotions, and I was try to treat them with meekness and compassion. "

She is encouraged to participate in video conferences on status and statistics in her hospital and to learn from the results of other hospitals. “Like the constant news, these can fill me with fear when I look at the effects of this pandemic on the whole world. . .

“In these moments I am thankful for a God who consoles and offers to bear my burdens. Jesus made it possible for humanity through his incredible and undeserved grace to know that this earth is only our temporary home; and that gives me comfort when I think about my own mortality.

"My faith prevents me from falling into hopelessness, and the weekly study of the Romans with my small group in the church via video link is a nice reminder that our hope for Jesus and his death and resurrection lies."

On Tuesday, International Workers' Day, there was a minute's silence at 11:00 a.m. to remember people who lost their lives at work, especially health workers who died after being infected with coronavirus.

The pastor Dr. Pauline Pearson, emeritus professor of nursing, obstetrics and health at Northumbria University and editor of CHRISM (Christians in the Secular Ministry) magazine said on Tuesday: "The pandemic affects people working in health care and social care in many ways, including secular ministers. "

Adrian, an ordinand and senior clinician for Covid-19 in a general practice in Wales, said the experience was a "wilderness" of prayer and concern for employees, patients, the NHS, and the response to every new circumstance.

It also uncovered a lack of mental health care, he said. “There seems to be no spiritual support for patients and staff outside of my job. Yes, ordinary pastors and pastors of other churches continue to do their work, but there is nothing of the "official" channels of the chaplain or the church itself. "

A hospital pharmacist and curator in London, Bryony, said that like many others, she needed to balance the needs of her community, her NHS position, and her children's home education.

“At a time when things have slowed down a bit for some people, I feel like I have more to do than ever before. I focus on being aware of the need to take time out with God to process what is going on, to remain rooted in love and service to God, and to remember that I am not around anyone can take care if i'm not taking care of myself too. "Listening was the most important part of her job, she said.

After a 30-year career in medicine, Rev. Dr. Susan Salt returned from her post in palliative care in March last year, voluntarily removed her name from the General Medical Registry and was ordained deacon at Blackburn Cathedral in June (Gazette, July 5, 2019).

A year later, at the beginning of the UK outbreak of coronavirus, when the government asked doctors to return to front-line healthcare, she answered the call (News, March 6). Dr. Salt, who is a member of the diocese's Coronavirus Working Group, returned to her post at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

In an article on the Church Times website earlier this week, she said, "I have found that I have leveraged both my pastoral and medical experience to listen to staff and patients as we all control the effects of this pandemic. It was a deeply humiliating and exhausting experience that continues to be both challenging and inspiring. "

But NHS key workers shouldn't be praised as invincible saviors, she said. “The narrative suggests that key workers are dealing with a front that is somehow distant from the rest of the community. It shows these key workers as invincible saviors – who, though going to the limit, will ultimately triumph. . .

“It is a story that has long been applied to cancer and other chronic diseases, with the result that death is considered defeat as it is and the result of the patient either giving up or the health team doesn't do enough.

"The reality is different. There are no winners or losers. There is no front line far from our communities: only common sense and people who take responsibility if they follow the instructions to wash their hands and to distance themselves socially. "

On Saturday, 750 Christian doctors, nurses and other Allied health professionals attended an online video conference organized by the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF). The topic of the conference – "How long sir? Finding hope in Christ when the storm clouds contract ”- has been adjusted to address the current crisis.

Christian physicians are attending a video conference on finding hope during the pandemic organized by the Christian Medical Fellowship on Saturday

The CMF has 5,000 members, most of whom work on the front of the NHS. The managing director, Dr. Mark Pickering said: “In a time of turmoil, it has been incredibly encouraging to meet with healthcare Christians from across the UK and around the world. We were reminded by Habakkuk that it is not a sin to question the God we trust, but the certainty that He has the answers we lack. The term "defiant joy" summarized the message and will stay with me.

“Testimonials from doctors and nurses at the forefront were wonderful examples of how God works in so many lives despite the challenges. . . Our goal is that no Christian is alone in the NHS, that every NHS job has a praying Christian presence. "

One member, an A&E doctor, later said that his belief was “central” to dealing with patients and colleagues. "It's a lot easier to get in touch with people right now. People feel vulnerable – people are afraid – but that means they open up a lot more. In terms of how my faith influences me, I think that it’s just an amazing memory that we as Christians know that this world isn’t our home and that we’re just passing through… that’s my hope , what will happen. "

He described the current situation in A&E as “a strange dichotomy between an increasing crisis and the calm before the storm. On the one hand, we have more sick patients than normal. The "resus" (resuscitation) is crowded with people who are doing very badly. Every day we see two or three patients being ventilated and going to the ITU.

“On the other hand, in many ways this is a quiet time to be an A&E doctor. Many patients are afraid of the quarantine of the coronavirus, which means that fewer and fewer patients come to A&E than normal, and we have a few quiet hours. "

An ITU nurse spoke of the "dark side" of personal protective equipment (PPE), which he believed had changed the way he and his colleagues treated patients every day. “When you wear a tight mask around your face, a hat, a face mask, a dress, two pairs of gloves, and something that protects your shoes, it is very different. and as nurses you have to stay in this adjoining room or unit for 12½ hours.

"It's really physically demanding. You feel hypoxic because you cannot breathe properly. You sweat and can't even go to the bathroom because your patients are terribly sick. They are maximum (life-sustaining); So you can't take your eyes off this monitor. "

He said that he thought of Matthew 6.34 during a recent three-day shift. "I was worried and a bit scared, but the word of God came to mind – where Jesus says you shouldn't worry about tomorrow because tomorrow has his own worries. What we have to do is be the best what we can be – helping the needy, helping the vulnerable. "

He continued: "Pray for us that we have strength and wisdom from above to deal with these situations because it is really a challenge."

A medical registrar said: “We need real wisdom to work well together. We need grace to be kind to each other and to take care of each other. I am certainly aware that there are many anxious colleagues. So we have to take care of them as well as our patients and help people who really have problems with it. "

How Christians behave at work is an opportunity to witness Christ, he said. He prayed that his God-given trust would be conveyed to people who were sick and even dead.

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The organization said in a statement from the organization: “During these pandemic times, parish sisters across the UK were busier than ever and used telephone and internet facilities to answer health-related questions, look them up when needed, and verify that all of their service users were well looked after with food and other important things and provide spiritual care. "

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