Being admitted into hospital, visiting someone in pain or distress or caring for someone who is sick can raise all kinds of questions, fears and anxieties. You may find it helpful to talk in confidence to someone who does not judge and who, although not involved in medical or nursing care, does have experience of hospitals and the effects they can have on people. We are responsible for the spiritual and religious care of patients, visitors and staff within the Hospital and at Breathing Space
Where is the Chaplaincy?
The Chapel is on Level C in the main hospital and is open at all times. It is a quiet place within the hospital for peace, prayer and meditation.
As well as the chapel itself, there is a Muslim prayer-room with ablution facilities. This room isopen between 8am and 10pm. Access outside these times can be arranged via Security.
What else does the Chaplaincy team do?
Members of the Chaplaincy Team are happy to visit patients, of all faiths or none, on request for conversation, prayer or administration of sacraments.
A chaplain visits the wards at the hospital every Saturday morning and chaplaincy volunteers visit some wards during the week. Visits to patients at Breathing Space are usually via referral from nursing staff.
If you’d like to see a chaplain, please call us using the number listed on this webpage or ask a member of the nursing staff to contact us for you. An on-call chaplain is available at all times of the day and night and can be paged by Switchboard for urgent referrals.
When do we hold services?
Holy Communion is held each Sunday at 11.00am and this service is broadcast on the hospital radio station, Radio Nightingale.
Morning Prayer is said daily in the chapel at 9.00am.
Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated on the first Wednesday of every month at 12 noon
If you cannot attend a service, you can receive Holy Communion and other ministry at your bedside. Please contact us to request this.
Juma prayers are held in the Prayer Room/ Chapel each Friday at 1.00pm. (Please note that this time is subject to slight variations throughout the year)
Who is in the Chaplaincy Team?
Chaplaincy Co-ordinator: Rev. Joan Ashton
Assistant Chaplain: Rev. Hamish Ferguson-Stuart
Catholic Chaplain: Rev. Geoff Spark
Muslim Chaplain: Vacant
Secretary: Mrs. M. Purdy
We also have volunteers from local faith communities who are valued members of the team that help with Sunday services, or with ward visiting.