The Minister and the Hospital

An interview with Stewart McGregor

This is an interview between the editor and the Revd Stewart McGregor, chaplain to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, who shares his experience of visiting the wards, how best to make approaches to patients, sensitivity to the hospital’s rhythms, the length of a visit, about praying with patients, relating to dying patients. The importance of the care of the chaplain is underlined in a context where the medical profession have to concentrate on cure, the sensitivity not to break into patients’ ‘spiritual privacy’, the place of voluntary visitors from congregations, where there is conflict between clergy (or some of them) and the medical profession on ethical matters, the matter of confidentiality, relating to the staff of the ward, and the demeanour of the minister.

Volume 09, Number 01 May 1979, p10
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