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. We all have emotional, psychological and spiritual needs.
Being in a hospital environment as a patient, carer or a member of staff may unearth deep seated feelings and emotions within us all, which is normal and natural. The chaplaincy team is here to support all people regardless of faith, belief or world view while they find themselves in hospital.
The services provided by the Chaplaincy service are available to those who require them, at any point during a patient’s hospitalisation and care, to their family members and to any member of staff working in the Trust.
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
- Facilitating and providing religious and non-religious rites or rituals that support us and provide us with coping mechanisms.
The Chaplaincy Team can lead acts of worship at the bedside, including prayers, Holy Communion and other rites and rituals. Please contact the team to arrange this.
At approx. 1pm on Fridays Muslim Prayer takes place in both Freeman Hospital Chapel and St Luke’s Chapel at the RVI.
A service of Holy Communion is held in the Freeman Hospital Chapel at 1pm on the 1st of the Month (excluding January) led by a Church of England or Free Church Minister.
Support for staff
The team is made up of Chaplains from a wide range of faith views. The chaplains work to support patients, their families and staff of any faith and none in the most appropriate way for the individual.
Who we are
Head of Department: Rev’d Capt Katie Watson
Chaplains working across the Trust:
- Mrs Emma Barker
- Rev’d Craig Bentley
- Rev’d Fiona Collin
- Mr Jeremy Bernstein
- Rev’d Nigel Goodfellow
- Rev’d Paddy Jackson
- Imam Abdullah Kola
- Fr Mariadass
- Rev’d Claire McClelland
- Rev’d Richard McLaughlin
- Rev’d Sam Quilty
- Imam Ali Rahman
- Mr Aharon Sandler
- Rev’d David Shaw
- Mr. Jaswinder Singh
- Rev’d Huw Sperring
- Mr. Nayankumar Vyas
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 (8.30am to 4.30pm).
- Ask our Switchboard staff on 0191 233 6161 to telephone the on-call Chaplain for you (4.30pm – 8.30am).
- For non-urgent referrals only, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.