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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.

We endeavour to have a member of the Team always 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 on-denominational service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance is held, usually every six months. Invitations to this event are given to bereaved relatives and carers by the Chief Nurse.

There is also a Christian service of Remembrance held every two months, and details of this service are available from the Spiritual Care Team on 01932 723324 and are displayed in the Multi-faith Chapel.