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Sunday 4 July 2021




Led by Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth and the congregation in church and online




Thoughts from some of our NHS Staff at Mayfield Salisbury


Douglas Blackwood (Consultant Psychiatrist) - ‘Mental Health forms a large part of the work of the NHS and services have changed and improved dramatically since the NHS started.   As mental illnesses become better understood and new treatments discovered and trialled, the NHS has proved to be a unique and remarkably supportive environment for conducting clinical research while ensuring that all new treatments and services become available to everyone.”

Professor Heather Cubie – (Molecular Virologist and former Research and Development Director of NHS Lothian) - “My specialism was in molecular virology, so pertinent these days and my particular interest was Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) associated with cervical cancer. I was one of the first Clinical Scientists to be considered a consultant by taking PG medical exams; I fought for years with eventual success for an HPV Reference Laboratory in Scotland to follow the epidemiology and impact of HPV vaccine from when it was introduced to schoolgirls in 2008. Scotland’s delivery of vaccine and data from surveillance has had a huge impact on global understanding of this cancer-associated virus. I was also R&D Director for NHS Lothian working towards breaking down silos between disciplines and between NHS and academia.  In retirement, my work has centred on cervical screening and treatment in Malawi with Scottish Government funding and an extremely successful programme run by our colleague Malawians.  

I am very proud to have been a part of the best social policy the UK has ever had. I used to say that my day job was too intense and not always enjoyable from day by day, but I loved it year by year! Working in the NHS not only gave me an amazing career but over 40 years of security. The ability then to use my NHS gained skills in Malawi has proved both humbling and so rewarding. I am very fortunate.”

Alastair MacGilchrist (Consultant Gastroenterologist) -How to sum up the best job in the world in one sentence? I spent my whole career working in a team where everyone wanted the same thing - to help people, and those people know that, and greatly appreciate it. What more could I want?’

Jenny McCallum (Midwife) - 'I trained at the London Hospital starting in 1954 in Whitechapel - lots of war damage round about. We had a uniform designed by Norman Hartnell and the Sisters had caps with goffered lace and tails for special occasions !! At Christmas time we sang carols round the wards carrying lanterns with our capes turned inside to show the red linings.' 

Colin McKenzie (GP) -It was a great privilege to be able to help people during times of stress and distress.  Another thought is the great debt we owed (not always fully acknowledged) to those non- medical members of staff who were very much an important part of the team.’

Professor Gillian Mead (NHS Lothian and University of Edinburgh, and President Elect of the British Association of Stroke Physicians) - “When Sandy asked me to share my thoughts about my experience of working in the NHS, my immediate reaction was one of pride. I’ve been a hospital doctor in the NHS for more than 30 years, and I’ve worked all over the UK and also in New Zealand. I’ve also been a medical researcher with University of Edinburgh for 21 years; and in 2012 I was honoured to receive a Personal Chair in Stroke and Elderly Care Medicine. My clinical work focuses on caring for older people and those who have had strokes. My research aims to improve quality of life for people who have a stroke-this includes what are sometimes described as ‘minor’ strokes-which can nevertheless turn peoples’ lives upside down, or major life threatening strokes that cause devastating disability.

As the NHS reaches its 75th anniversary this is a good opportunity to reflect on the crucial importance of clinical research in underpinning advances in medical care. Since I started working in stroke and elderly care medicine, there has been a revolution in treatments for stroke. Clinical research needs patients to consent to receive experimental treatments to find out whether they are better than existing treatments. As a result of clinical research, we now have drugs and medical devices to remove clots from the arteries in the brain, better ways to provide coordinated care on stroke units, operations to open up partially blocked arteries in the neck, and drugs to help prevent stroke recurring. My own research has shown that physical activity and fitness training after stroke reduces disability and improves quality of life. All of the advances in stroke care have been made because of clinical research supported by, and performed, in the NHS.

The power of clinical research has been demonstrated so clearly by the rapid development of vaccines and treatments for Covid 19. Not a day goes by without us hearing about how vaccine roll out will enable life to get back to some degree of normality. Clinical research is enabling us to understand more about how Covid 19 spreads, why some people are at higher risk of developing severe illness, and the longer term effects of Covid 19. So, today I am reflecting on the power of clinical research to improve medical care. As well as paying tribute to the NHS for its support of research, I would especially like to thank all patients who have signed up to research so that people in the future can benefit from new treatments.”

Jo Scott (Ward Sister) -  ‘I enjoyed a very happy and satisfying career in ward nursing, made many friends, had a lot of fun whilst working hard. As a 'ward sister,' ( the term used now is charge nurse) I took pleasure in working with student nurses and seeing them develop into skilled  practitioners. Working closely with a nursing team and other health professionals, exchanging information and ideas was always stimulating.’

Anne Sharp (Staff Nurse) - ‘My work over 50 years with the NHS was a privilege to be part of. I learnt so much about the dignity of human beings, both patients and other staff, even in the worst of times.’



PLEASE NOTE Due to current restrictions, Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth is regrettably unable to meet after the service today. Please feel free to be in contact by telephone 0131 667 1286 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FORTHCOMING SERVICES Starting this week and continuing throughout July and August, the service will begin at 10:15am. In July there will be no Sunday School provision. For further information, please contact the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0780 801 1234) or check the website:

MIDWEEK PEACE AND PRAYERS Peace and Prayers takes place this Tuesday from 10.00am.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WELCOME STUDENTS NEW TO EDINBURGH? Mayfield Salisbury Church has many links with the University of Edinburgh, and these have been strengthened by the arrival of the Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth as our minister, with his on-going links to the School of Divinity at New College.

Postgraduate Students arriving in Edinburgh to study at the School of Divinity from overseas often have few if any contacts with locals in general and with places of worship specifically.

Obviously the Covid pandemic has had a major impact on overseas student numbers, and we do not yet know how many might be involved. It would be helpful to gauge interest and support from members of the congregation who might like to support this initiative. If you would like to (1) be involved in the welcome event and/or (2) potentially become a ‘welcome host’, please contact Alastair MacGilchrist  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07931 730 805 or in person), preferably by Monday 19th July. This is simply be a ‘note of interest’ rather than a definite commitment at this stage.

SUPPORT MAYFIELD SALISBURY CHURCH  Regular and one-off donations, now possible through: 

CHRISTIAN AID Last week, we received from Christian Aid the shocking news that over 30 million people in 20 countries are teetering on the brink of famine.  This is a global hunger emergency. The Covid-19 pandemic, violent conflict and the climate crisis have all increased global hunger. Now, people in countries including South Sudan, Afghanistan and Burkina Faso are facing the very real threat of starvation.  If we act now, we can save lives.  Donations can be made via the Christian Aid website at or by telephone on 020 7523 2269.

KILOMBERO RICE available again £3 per 1kg bag white or brown. Every bag bought helps Malawian smallholder farmers pay for secondary education for their children. Contact Jean 0131 477 6648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PASTORAL CARE Would you now like to be allocated a visitor or someone to phone you regularly? Are you going into hospital or know of someone who is ill? Contact Kay: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0790 362 6307.

ANNUAL LEAVE The Church Manager, William Mearns is on annual leave from 4 to 17 July inclusive.


Youth Activities Youth Activities will be taking a break for the month of July during the school holidays, and Hillary will be in touch soon with plans for August and the coming school term!

Youth Surveys 2021  An electronic version of the annual Youth Survey is now available to fill-out online; alternatively, there will be a basket for collection after worship on Sundays 4th and 11th July. Please be in touch with Hillary if you require a copy of the survey.



Books for the Journey

Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church (2020)

Bruce Stanley, Forest Church (2020)

Walter Brueggemann, Virus as a Summons to Faith (2020)


Forthcoming Deadlines

Order of service for next week: Thursday at 6.00pm.

Next Grapevine:  Friday 27 August June at 6.00pm.

Please send submissions to the Church Manager, William Mearns.

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