Chaplains work as part of the team caring for patients, carers and staff to provide emotional, psychological and spiritual support.
Healthcare is more than simply looking after physical needs. For instance, we all have emotional, psychological and spiritual needs.
Being in a hospital environment as a patient or a member of staff may unearth deep seated feelings and emotions within us all, which is normal and natural.
All of us have beliefs – religious, spiritual or secular. These help us find meaning in our lives and enables us to cope, especially when we face difficult times.
Our chaplains work to make sure that there are opportunities to explore those beliefs and allow them to be respected, cared for and thought about in appropriate ways, for instance:
- opportunities to talk about what’s happening/explore fears and concerns/share emotions. For example, when we experience a crisis of belief or distress because we are exposed to traumatic situations
- access to familiar religious and non-religious rites or rituals that support us and provide us with coping mechanisms.
Support for all
Support is available for everyone, whether you are a patient, relative, or member of staff.
Being there for our staff is an important part of the Chaplaincy role and the Chaplaincy team includes trained Mental Health First Aiders. We work closely with the Occupational Health Department, Staff Side and the Staff Networks. We have recently launched Helping Hands NUTH, a project funded by Newcastle Charities to provide dedicated welfare support and advice to NUTH staff. Poppy Jingles the Staff Welfare Hound is also an integral part of our support to the staff with ‘Mooch with the Pooch’ and ‘Pat & a Chat’.
Staff, patients and visitors can use the quiet spaces as a calming de-stressing/prayer space.
Faith ritual resources (prayer mats; scared texts; prayers etc.) will be available for those who want them.
These are spaces for everyone to use. Please use these spaces with respect for the breadth of beliefs people hold.
The services provided by the Hospital Chaplaincy are available to those who require them, at any point during a patient’s hospitalisation and care, and to any member of staff working in the Trust.
Who we are
Head of Department:
Rev’d Capt Katie Watson: 0191 213 9473
Deputy Head of Department:
Rev’d Fiona Collin: 0191 244 8151
Chaplains working across the Trust:
- Rev’d Nigel Goodfellow: 0191 244 8129
- Revd David Shaw: 0191 282 3702
- Fr Mariadass: 0191 244 8129
- Mrs Emma Reay: 0191 244 8129
- Mrs Kate Fox-Robinson: 0191 244 8680
- Mr Jeremy Bernstein: 0191 244 8129
- Mr Aharon Sandler: 0191 244 8129
- Imam Abdullah Kola: 0191 244 8129
- Imam Ali Rahman: 0191 244 8129
- Mr. Nayankumar Vyas: 0191 244 8129
- Mrs. Emma Barker: 0191 244 8129
- Revd Paddy Jackson: 0191 244 8029
- Mr. Jaswinder Sadhu: 0191 244 8129
- Rev’d Huw Sperring: 0191 244 8129
There is currently no Sunday Chapel service
9.00am – Bed Services (Church of England, Free Church & Roman Catholic)
11.00am –Holy Communion led by a Church of England of Free Church Chaplain in the Chapel of Christ the Healer (level 2 Ward Block)
1.00pm – Muslim Prayer
Royal Victoria Infirmary
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9.45am – Holy Communion led by a Church of England of Free Church St Luke’s Chapel.
Morning service – Bed Services (Church of England, Free Church & Roman Catholic)
1.10pm – Muslim Prayer
To get in touch with a member of our chaplaincy staff you can:
- Ask a member of staff to contact them on your behalf.
- Contact the on-call Chaplain yourself directly on 0191 244 8129 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm).
- Ask our Switchboard staff on 0191 233 6161 to telephone the on-call Chaplain for you (nights and weekends).
- Email email@example.com (non urgent only)
The chaplaincy team represent all of the major faiths, belief or traditions found in the region drawn from Regional NHS Trusts – coordinated by:
Chaplains provide a 24 hour on-call Service every day. They will respond to urgent requests within one hour. They may not be on site – and may have a distance to travel – so please call sooner rather than later.