In The Spotlight – Mary Anne Burgoyne

Mary Anne Burgoyne, Healthcare Chaplain

Tell us about your job

I am a Healthcare Chaplain and that involves providing support to patients, relatives and staff. Every day is different and every encounter is different. The job can be very challenging, but also is a privilege and very rewarding. It can involve supporting people who have been given a very bad diagnosis, supporting people and their families at the end of their life. It can mean supporting parents when a baby has died and also providing bereavement support.

How did you arrive at your present post?

I have worked in healthcare for many years. I trained as a nurse and then worked in many different areas; general nursing, drug rehabilitation, prison nursing and occupational health. I had worked as a chaplain to people who worked in Stirling city centre, for several years, before coming to work as a chaplain here at Forth Valley Royal Hospital almost four years ago. I felt very much at home returning to work in a hospital environment.

Most memorable moment?

A part of my job that I really enjoy is supporting staff, I had been supporting someone through a particularly difficult time – after he was back at work and much better he told me that I had been the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. That makes it all worthwhile.

What song means the most to you?

One of my favourite songs is Hello by Adele; I think she has a beautiful voice. My daughter gave me a gift of tickets for her concert; we are going to see her at Wembley in July 2017.

What might people not know about you?

I have a very good sense of humour and enjoy a good laugh. I think a sense of humour is invaluable for getting through life. I also enjoy travelling and have spent time in New Zealand, Thailand, India and Pakistan.

How do you spend a weekend?

At weekends I like to spend time with friends and family. The job I do is a constant reminder that we never know what a day will bring, so it’s good to really value your friends and family.

Favourite food?

Indian, but I like it fairly mild! I enjoy Chicken Korma with a nice Peshwari Nan.

Greatest Achievement?

Having my children, Katie, Jamie and Matthew.

How do others see you?

I hope they see me as caring, compassionate, friendly and approachable.