|The Shabbat Room is now open again following refurbishment. (Our thanks to Ezra U'Marpeh for their generous support in funding the work.)|
The trust is committed to offering spiritual care as part of the care offered by all members of staff to patients, their relatives and friends.
Chaplaincy-spiritual care team
The Chaplaincy–spiritual care team is available for everyone – patients, visitors and staff. Part of our work is to help meet religious needs, but people do not have to think of themselves as “religious” or attend a place of worship to make use of our service.
Our spiritual and religious care is always patient-led: we never judge or seek to convert.
The team includes Christian chaplains (Church of England, Methodist and Roman Catholic), a Jewish chaplain, a Muslim chaplain/Imam and a diverse group of trained volunteer visitors.
- The Revd Robert Mitchell (Lead chaplain, Anglican)
- The Revd Julia Wiktorska (Deputy lead chaplain, Methodist)
- The Revd Kofi Amissah (Training chaplain, Methodist)
- Father Dominic Ryan, O.P. (Roman Catholic chaplain)
- Rashid Ayyub (Muslim chaplain/Imam)
- The Revd Bernd Koschland (Jewish chaplain)
Being in hospital can be a lonely and unsettling experience and people may value the opportunity to talk with someone about what’s happening to them and how they feel about the changes they are facing. Sometimes people also appreciate support when they wish to give thanks or celebrate something special.
We provide a wide range of care, support, and practical advice around pregnancy loss, end of life, marriage and civil partnership, and planning for memorial and funeral services. We are also a resource for responding to diverse religious and cultural issues and needs.
- support for patients, relatives and friends, and staff.
- time and space to explore thoughts, feelings or concerns.
- religious care through reflection, prayer, reading of scriptures or sharing the sacraments.
- help to enable people to practise their faith.
Various scriptures and prayer books, and a compass to indicate Qiblah (Makkah), are available through the chaplaincy centre.