The chaplaincy department provides for pastoral, spiritual and religious needs and supports staff, patients, relatives, friends and visitors of all faiths and none.
For patients, visitors and staff
The department consists of Church of England, Roman Catholic,
Free Church Clergy and lay volunteers in addition to a Jewish
chaplain. Our team work together across the denominations.
We do not try to 'convert' people or to push our viewpoints -
we are simply here to help, talk, comfort and give support to
anyone of any faith or none.
We visit the wards regularly and try to visit every ward in the
hospital at least once a week; you may see one of us during your
stay. If we miss you on our visits we may leave a small green
visiting card If you would like to talk to a chaplain, please
ask the ward sister or a nurse to contact the chaplaincy team.
If you have a particular religious background or church
tradition it would be helpful if you could make this known to the
ward staff so that they can contact the relevant chaplain.
We are available to talk or just listen to your hopes and fears,
joys and concerns, and will support you confidentially in whatever
way is appropriate.
On the second floor of the
hospital is a beautiful chapel where the Blessed Sacrament
is reserved. The chapel is open for private prayer and
meditation, and services are regularly held there. In
addition to the chapel there is also a prayer room for those of
different faiths, together with washing facilities. Muslim Friday
prayers are regularly held here. At Britannia House the HR Meeting
Room is set aside as a Prayer Room most lunchtimes. Please ask for
In the Chaplaincy Suite we have a number of faith resources
which are available for patients and staff to borrow. These
include copies of the Bible, Christian prayer books, the Hebrew
Bible, the holy Quran and major texts of other religions. If
you wish to borow any of the resources, please contact the
For visiting clergy
We are always pleased to welcome patients' own clergy to the
hospital and to contact clergy of other faiths if requested by
Under normal circumstances, sacraments are administered by the
hospital chaplains and those who are duly authorised within the
We are always pleased to hear from parish clergy when members of
their congregation are in hospital and to futher good relations,
mutual respect and cooperation across denominational and religious
In addition to the services detailed on the chaplaincy notice
boards, a baby memorial service is held on the third Sunday of
every month for anyone who has lost a baby. It is a quiet
service with an opportunity to light a candle for the child.
Availability and contact
We are always available, 24 hours a day, every day of the year
for emergency Holy Baptism, Holy Communion, Sacrament of the Sick
and for pastoral care.
All enquiries to
The Chaplain's Office
Telephone 01702 435555 ext 6453 (answerphone) or contact through
the switchboard who will page the relevant chaplain.
Evening prayer on Sunday at 16.00 and
Holy Communion on Thursday at 09.15 in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd,
2nd floor, cardigan building These services are
non-denominational and all are welcome to attend.
The Holy Eucharist (Church of England) Mondays
and Days of Obligation 09.15.
Holy Communion is regularly given to patients
at their bedside. Please ask ward staff to notify the
chaplain on ext 6453 if required.
Baby memorial service on the third Sunday in
the month at 15.00.
The chapel is open daily for private prayer and meditation
outside of service times.