Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

Who we are

There are three chaplains who work part-time at the hospital and are based at churches in the local area.

 

 

  • Revd Adrian Bailey - Anglican (Church of England/Wales) 

Revd Adrian Bailey, Anglican Chaplain

 

  • Revd Gareth Huws - Welsh speaking Free Church

 

 

 


There are also volunteer chaplains who play a full part in the chaplaincy team:

 

 

  • Revd Anne Stratford - Anglican volunteer (Church of England/Wales)
Revd Ann Stratford

 

 

  • Mr Bill Bowen - Anglican volunteer
Bill Bowen

 

 

  •  Miss Hilary Prescott - Anglican volunteer
  • Revd Nick Finlay - Anglican volunteer

What we do

  • We affirm the dignity and worth of each individual
  • We do not push religion but meet people where they are
  • We help people to gain insights into their own situations
  • We support people in their ability to cope
  • We help and support people who follow a religion  

Making Contact

  • by phone on 01691 404249;
  • by completing a slip of paper found in the Multi-Faith Room and posting through the chapel office door as directed;
  • by email to: adrian.bailey2@nhs.net;
  • In an emergency by long range bleep (via switchboard)

Multi-faith room and services

The multi-faith room is siutated opposite the hairdressers at Location 36. It is open 24 hours a day for prayer or a place to be quiet. Everyone is welcome to use it. There is a contemplation garden leading off. Instead of lighting a candle there is a pebble pool. There are slips of paper for prayer requests or referrals to the chaplaincy service.

The Sunday service is Christian worship and takes place from 10am - 10:30am. The denomination of minister taking the service varies, but all are welcome to attend.

On Tuesdays at 8:15am a short service of morning prayer is held. This is usually over by 8:35am, enabling staff to attend who start work at 8:45am.

On Fridays at 12:20pm an informal Christian prayer service is held. All are welcome, even if you can spare only 5 minutes. Also on Fridays, Muslim prayers are held at 1:15pm.

On special occasions (such as Christmas, Good Friday and St Luke's Day, the patron saint of hospitals, doctors and healing) other services are held. Currently the following services are planned:

  • 18 October 2018, St Lukes Day, 7pm in the Multi-Faith Room

Provision for people of faiths other than Christianity

If you have cultural needs, or follow a religion other than Christianity, please speak with a member of nursing staff or a chaplain. The holy books for most major religions are available in the hospital chapel. There is a Qiblah, and a dividing curtain allows privacy for users.

Welsh speaking patients

Many of our patients have Welsh as their first language. Naturally, when you are ill you will want to converse in the language with which you are most familiar. We are fortunate to have the services of a Welsh speaking minister who can call on you if you wish. We have prayer cards in Welsh specially designed for hospital patients. There is also a Bible in Welsh in the chapel.

Help for the bereaved

Most hospital chaplains will have had training in dealing with the bereaved and will have considerable experience in the area. One of the nursing staff will be able to send for one of us if this would be helpful.