UHS is proud to have a large team of chaplains available to support patients, their friends and families and our hospital staff.
Hospital chaplains are not medical staff, they are here to listen, to talk to, and to offer general support through what can be trying times. You can contact the chaplaincy service by :
- Asking a member of ward staff to contact the chaplains for you.
- Calling the spiritual care department on 023 8120 8517 - please leave a message on the answerphone if there is no immediate reply.
- Emailing the team via email@example.com - please note this email is usually checked around 8:30am Monday to Friday.
- If you need to speak to a chaplain urgently, please call the hospital switchboard on 023 8077 7222 and ask to be put through to the on call chaplain.
- A chaplain is always available on call between 8:00am and 10:00pm, seven days a week.
- We also have an office on D Level next to the multi faith chapel.
Spiritual care resource boxes containing prayers, readings and symbols from a variety of faith and non-faith traditions are available on the wards. Please ask if you would like to access these. Bibles and other materials can be obtained for patients by contacting the spiritual care team.
Caring for families/loved ones
Chaplains also support families and friends of patients. If you have a loved one in hospital and would value talking to someone, the chaplains are happy to support via phone, zoom or to meet on site. Please contact us using the details above.
Limited details of visits are recorded in line with Trust policies. No information will be shared without your consent.
The chapel and prayer rooms continue to be open 24/7 for anyone who is on site.
Sunday - 4:30pm Roman Catholic Mass, all welcome.
Monday - 8:30am Holy Communion for staff but all are welcome.
Tuesday - 7:15am Staff morning prayers, all staff invited.
Last Tues of month - 12:15pm to 12:45pm, Circle of Silence.
Wednesday - 2:00pm Holy Communion for all. This service is recorded and broadcast the following Sunday on hospital radio at 7:00am and can be downloaded at anytime from dropbox.
Thursday - 1:00pm Mindfulness meditation, all welcome.
Friday - 1:15pm Muslim prayers.
Everyday - 8:30am Chaplaincy staff prayers.
Male and female Muslim prayer rooms and a Christian chapel are always open and available. There is also a quiet room available in Princess Anne Hospital.
- Spiritual care recognises the needs of a person when faced with trauma, ill health or sadness. This can include emotional support, prayer or a quiet space to reflect.
- Our chaplains are available for religious care when requested.
- We also provide support for our staff members and give advice around spiritual and religious care.
- Chaplains are employed by the Trust and are bound by Trust policies, their profession’s code of conduct and healthcare chaplaincy standards. They are also required to have accreditation from the faith group they represent.
- We are assisted by a number of excellent spiritual care volunteers.