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Date: 17 February 2020
Chaplains are members of hospital staff, trained to provide a high standard of spiritual, religious and pastoral care. There are Christian chaplains (Church of England, Free Church and Roman Catholic), Muslim, Sikh and Hindu chaplains. We are employed to provide support for patients, their visitors and staff, and we work closely With clinical teams on the wards.
Representatives the Jewish and Buddhist faiths, and also from the Pagan community can also be called in to see you. The chaplains are supported by trained Chaplaincy Volunteers from different faith and belief groups.
All hospital staff, including Chaplains and Chaplaincy Volunteers are bound by strict rules of confidentiality.
Chaplains visit wards regularly and can be called to support individuals at any time. If you wish to speak to a member of the Chaplaincy Team, please ask a member of staff.
A chaplain will not:
- preach at you or criticise
- push religion at you
- tell your relatives anything you don't want them to know
- visit for too long
But a chaplain will:
- listen and be alongside you
- help you in your healing and recovery
- offer prayers or sacraments if that is what you ask for
Although the Chaplains currently come from specific religious traditions, the presence and support we offer is not limited to people who are religious. We understand that there are times when we all need a compassionate, listening ear, and we are frequently called upon to be alongside people during their visits to hospital.
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