Religious and spiritual support
We have a team of people in our hospitals who provide spiritual, emotional and pastoral support. They are called Chaplains and Pastoral Care Workers and regularly visit the hospital wards. They can:
- represent a variety of faith traditions, cultures and language groups
- connect you to a religious cleric or spiritual leader of your choice.
Reasons to speak with a chaplain
You may wish to meet with a chaplain if:
- you would like someone with time to listen to your story and your feelings
- you would like to talk to someone not involved in caring for your medical needs
- you have an ethical question about what is right and wrong or a hard decision
- you're having surgery and would like support for yourself or your loved ones
- you or someone you love is facing death or has passed away
- you would like to talk about spiritual matters
- you would like someone to pray with you
- you would like to receive a sacred ritual like communion, a blessing, baptism, marriage or funeral
- you would like a community faith person to visit but don't know how to contact them.
How to speak with a chaplain or pastoral support worker
Please speak to your nursing staff and they can arrange a chaplain or pastoral care worker to visit you.