Spiritual care

Spiritual care

The spiritual care service is based in the Sanctuary, which is located in the lower floor of the treehouse in the atrium. This is the hospital chapel and prayer room.

As well as the main Sanctuary prayer space, we have a quiet room where families and staff members may reflect or pray in peace, and ablution facilities for those who may require them.

Normal office operating hours are 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday; although access to both the Sanctuary and the Quiet room is available 24/7. The team also provides 24/7 emergency on-call which can be accessed by asking a staff member to contact switchboard.

The Spiritual Care team consists of two full time staff together with other staff who contribute to the provision of 24/7 cover, and a number of trained Spiritual Care volunteers.

Members of the team are available to speak to anybody, whether or not they profess any religious or spiritual belief. We are most certainly not just here for people who go to church, for people who profess a faith, or for people who are ‘religious’.

We can assist those of other faiths, who have differing worship needs, and we are always happy to act as a link to representatives of other faiths and denominations when they are needed. Ask a staff member to contact the on-call Chaplain, and they will make the necessary contact for you.

Prayer requests and Candle lighting requests are always welcomed from anyone and everyone, and the Prayer Tree within the Sanctuary is there for all patients, families and staff to use in order to communicate their prayers.

We are always happy to discuss services of baptism or to offer blessings as requested by families, to pray with patients, and to support families in their time of spiritual need.

We can be contacted by asking a staff member to page us through the hospital switchboard, by calling ext 2465, or by visiting the Sanctuary.

Please remember that whilst we are here to support those who profess any faith, we are also here to support those who may profess no faith, but who just feel in need of a listening ear during worrying times.

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