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Date: 28 November 2023
Chaplaincy seeks to serve and support patients, relatives, volunteers and members of staff. It starts from the basic assumption that humanity’s makeup is body mind and spirit and therefore, all of us have a spiritual side that needs to be acknowledged, especially when we are feeling vulnerable, traumatised or under any kind of pressure. We seek to offer friendship, a listening ear, and opportunities for prayer and spiritual guidance, as and when required. Chaplaincy can also be used as an ethical resource particularly concerning beginning and end of life issues. There is always a chaplain on call.
A focal point for all that we do is to be found in the hospital chapel. There is a service at 10.30am every Sunday morning (also other special days such as Christmas Day and Good Friday) to which everybody is most welcome. As well as being the place where worship is offered week by week, the chapel is a place of stillness, a place where the sense of the divine can be rediscovered, a place of reconciliation with God and with one another. Chaplaincy staff seek to extend this stillness as they travel around the hospital and beyond, far more interested in who a person is (and whether or not they are hurting) than what they do.
The Chaplaincy staff can be contacted in one of the following ways:
By phone: 01983 534639
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In emergency, we can be bleeped number 094 or contact the on call chaplain via the hospital switchboard 01983 822099.
The following Chaplains serve this Trust;
Chaplaincy Volunteers who visit patients on the wards and bring them to the chapel services assist the Chaplains in their work.
The Chaplaincy Service operates throughout the Trust – In Day units, All wards, A&E, Seven Acres, in the Community and the Ambulance Service. Much of its work occurs on the St. Mary's Hospital site where we aim to visit ‘every patient every week.’ As part of our Trusts commitment to deliver quality holistic care for everyone. The chaplaincy office and the Chapel is located, on level A in the main building, adjacent to the lifts.
Despite the fact that each chaplain on our team are rooted in the Christian faith, they have a good interfaith network with other faith communities on the Island and are therefore able to respond to the religious and spiritual needs of those who follow other faiths and those who follow none. Through these inter-faith networks Chaplaincy provide information, literature and Holy books of all major faiths in the Multi-faith centre adjacent to the Chaplains office on Level A.