For patients
& visitors

Chaplaincy department

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 details.

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 Chaplaincy Office.

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 patients.

Under normal circumstances, sacraments are administered by the hospital chaplains and those who are duly authorised within the chaplaincy team.

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 boundaries.

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
2nd Floor
Cardigan Building
Southend Hospital

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.