Hospital Chaplaincy

Hospital Chaplaincy

Might it help to talk to a chaplain? 

A stay in hospital can be a worrying and stressful time. Working in a hospital can bring pressures too. Whether you are a patient, relative or member of staff, the chaplaincy team are here to support you. 

The highly trained, visible and experienced team provide a 24/7 service, 365 days of the year and offer pastoral, psychological and spiritual support, together with a confidential befriending service, whatever your beliefs. 

So, if you are feeling anxious, afraid or worried at any time, or if you have been recently bereaved, please don't feel you have to go through it alone. The chaplains are here to help. 

Our team

We have a diverse team to respond to the diverse needs of our service users, including Christian, Muslim and Jewish chaplains. We have ready access to faith leaders from many other communities.

The chapel and multi–faith centre

The hospital has a beautiful, modern chapel, located on level -1 of the Pymmes building. It is a sacred space, providing an oasis of peace and tranquillity amidst the busyness of the hospital community. The chapel is open daily for quiet reflection and prayer and there are regular celebrations of Mass and Holy Communion there. Patients, visitors and members of staff are all welcome, and details of services can be found on the notice board by the chapel door.

The multi–faith centre, including prayer room, stands as a separate unit in the Pymmes building's garden. Again it is open daily and includes both male and female washing facilities. It is a space open to all. Please note that on Fridays there is restricted access between 12pm and 2pm for the customary Muslim Jumma prayers, led by an imam.

Contact the chaplain

If you would like to talk in confidence to a chaplain, about  a non-urgent matter, please call 020 8887 2724 and leave a message. Calls left Monday to Friday before 4pm are usually responded to the same working day. For urgent matters, please contact the main hospital switchboard by dialing 0 internally or 020 8887 2000 if calling externally. Alternatively, ask the ward manager or nurse to call bleep 642. 

If you would like to contact the chaplains by email, please, in the first instance, contact head of spiritual care and chaplaincy lead:

Chaplaincy – spiritual care 

This service includes:

  • 24-hour on-call cover
  • Confidential listening and befriending service
  • Trauma and critical care support
  • Bereavement support
  • Neonatal support
  • Staff support
  • End-of-life care and support
  • Organ donation and transplantation support
  • Memorial services
  • Multi–disciplinary support
  • Divisional involvement  
  • Trust policy support
  • Ethical guidance and support
  • A holistic contribution to patient experience 
  • Support for wellbeing in the workplace
  • Inclusion and diversity

Page last updated August 2016