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Prayer for care and healing

Friends arrived for a visit to Kalgoorlie last week.

One of them stepped off the train with what she knew from experience was an episode of irregular heartbeat.

So our first stop had to be the emergency department at Kalgoorlie Health Campus.

Several hours later, her heart was back in rhythm, and we were able to get back to our tourist itinerary.

My friend spoke very highly indeed of the care she received at the hospital. Knowledgeable nurses.

Courteous and efficient doctors.

All the right treatment.

A great result.

We have an amazing range of experts at our hospital to help us with our medical crises.

From sick babies to palpitating seniors, from dialysis patients to chemotherapy, from X-rays to blood tests, we get the best of care.

Some people come to hospital frightened and in pain. Skilful staff help find out what the problem is, and bring calm and hope out of chaos.

Some people come to hospital with a complex medical history.

Unfortunately, there’s not a simple pill for everything.

Health workers help us make the best of difficult situations.

And we have a great bunch of local GPs who help to keep us out of hospital.

When I am with sick people, I often pray for healing.

I pray for pain to be taken away and for peace of mind.

I pray for bodies to be made strong and for people’s spirit to be refreshed.

Wonderful nurses, doctors, carers and therapists are part of the way God answers my prayers.

Every time someone walks out of our hospital feeling better, another healing miracle has happened.

Not every hospital story has a happy ending.

Sometimes my prayer for pain to end and for peace to come is answered when a person dies, surrounded by loving care. If you find yourself praying for someone you know who is sick, say a thank you prayer as well, for the medical, surgical and nursing staff who are their healing companions.

The Reverend Dr Elizabeth Smith is mission priest in the Anglican Parish of the Goldfields.

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