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DG SANDS – Scottish Network Day

Dumfries and Galloway Sands are delighted to announce that we will be holding the Scottish Network Day on Saturday 8th June in Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries.


The day is the perfect chance for groups and any other interested parties to get together, share experiences, and hear some very interesting talks from ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices), Cresswell Maternity Hospital, Police Scotland, a Perinatal Pathologist and more.


Further details regarding the speakers and the plan for the day will be posted here in the near future. Lunch is also provided.



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  • 9.30 Registration and coffee


  • 10.00 Introductions and Outline of Day


  • 10.15. Margaret’s Story- “Always loved never forgotten”


  • 10.30 Sally George, National Support Co- Coordinator for ARC (Ante Natal Results and Choices)


  • 11- 11.30 Coffee Break


  • 11.30- Mrs Catriona Thomson- Policy & Practice Development Midwife- Cresswell Maternity Wing, Dumfries- “ Bereavement Care Policies”


  • 12.00pm – Judith Abela- Groups Manager, and Jane Van Zyl –   Deputy Chief Executive, National Sands


  • 12.30-2pm- Lunch & Networking


  • 2pm- Sgt Robin Ferguson – Police Family Liaison Officer/ Co-Ordinator-“The Role of Family Liaison Officer”


  • 2.30pm- Mrs Ann McMurray, Sands Scotland Co- Coordinator –“Scottish Network Update”


  • 3pm- Dr.Margaret Evans- BSc.FRCPath (Paeds), Consultant Paediatric Pathologist & Honorary Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh- “ Post Mortem”


  • 3.30pm- “My Little Star” Bobby Holly


  • 3.45pm Conclusion & Close


Next Support Meeting

The next support group meeting is planned for

  • 7th November: 7.30pm

and we welcome anyone touched by the death of a baby to join us.

The meeting will be held at our office at 107 Irish Street Dumfries.

Many people feel that only others who have experienced the death of a baby can offer real understanding of the pain and heartbreak that they are feeling and the support group meetings allow you to connect with other bereaved parents, grandparents and others who share your pain and loss.

The support group is an informal setting and is only attended by people who themselves have lost a baby or their families. You will not be pressured to speak and sometimes it’s nice just to simply come along and listen.

If anyone would like more information about these meetings or would like to express an interest in attending then please email [email protected]

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