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The Pastoral and Spiritual Care Team (Chaplaincy)

Church of England, Roman Catholic, and Free Church ministers serve both Hospital sites.

Local ministers, and religious leaders of other faiths also visit both hospitals on a regular basis.

There is always a member of the Team on-call. The on-call chaplain can be contacted at any time via the Hospital Switchboards (click here for details). The Team is available all staff, patients and visitors, irrespective of religious affiliation or belief.

 

Volunteer Team Members

All wards in the acute hospitals are assigned volunteer members of the Pastoral Care Team who visit regularly. Each volunteer is trained to visit patients in a sensitive and appropriate way to listen and to offer pastoral support. They are managed by the Head of Pastoral Care and Voluntary Services Manager.

 

Spiritual Needs

Spiritual care encompasses psychological, emotional, social and pastoral support, as well as trying to meet religious needs. The provision of spiritual care is a multi-disciplinary responsibility and the Pastoral Care Team is glad to work alongside other members of staff in seeking to address these issues. The Team is always happy to be available to offer help and support.

 

Bereavement Care

The Pastoral and Spiritual Care Team works in close liaison with the Palliative Care Team and the Bereavement Office.

At St Peter's a regular service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance is held in the Chapel. Invitations to the Service are given to bereaved relatives and carers by the Bereavement Officer and the dates of the Service are also advertised on the Multi-faith Centre noticeboard.

An annual Ceremony of Remembrance is held on the last Saturday in June for children who have died at any age, from early pregnancy to adulthood.