Moreton Hall parish nurse wins ‘universal approval’ of residents

A Society Sunday service at Christchurch, Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds, attended by councillors, dignitaries and group organisors, as well as Lesley Williams (centre in pink) of the newly launched parish nurse service and Rev Canon Jonathan Ford (front right).
A Society Sunday service at Christchurch, Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds, attended by councillors, dignitaries and group organisors, as well as Lesley Williams (centre in pink) of the newly launched parish nurse service and Rev Canon Jonathan Ford (front right).
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Residents of Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds, have given ‘universal approval’ to a new health service being introduced on their estate.

News that a parish nurse would soon be available to assess their physical and emotional needs was received ‘very positively’, according to Rev Canon Jonathan Ford, of Christchurch, Moreton Hall.

The service, which is being funded through the church in Lawson Place, was launched at Service Sunday last weekend.

“This is a service for everybody - you don’t have to be spiritual to use the parish nurse,” explained Mr Ford.

The parish nurse, Lesley Williams, will hold a clinic at Christchurch from 10am-4pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and will be able to carry out minor healthcare duties.

Mr Ford said she was well trained in first aid, safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and was good at working with other care agencies.

He said: “She can do everything a district nurse can do, but she can’t dispense drugs.

“What it means is there’s another pair of eyes and ears on the estate who can assess things medically and refer people to hospital or the health centre, stuff like that.”

Christchurch also launched a new youth club for 11-14 year olds last weekend. It meets Fridays from 6.30pm and is currently free to attend.