Chaplaincy provides for the needs of patients that are different to their physical needs. Our service aims to provide for the spiritual and religious needs of patients, staff, relatives, visitors and trainees, within the PAH Trust.
The service is extended to people of all faiths and to those without any formal religious convictions.
Inpatients wishing to see a Chaplain need to request a visit via ward staff who will telephone the service on their behalf. Outpatients can contact the service by dialling 01279 822717 or visiting the office situated inside the Chapel.
Spiritual needs relate to the persons core beliefs, view of self, relationships, what makes them the person they are, their view of the world, life, death and the universe. What makes them tick? What does faith mean to them?
Spiritual pain often results when people have their view of themselves, their world view, or their view of God challenged - e.g. by illness, loss, death, grief, bereavement and when people are removed from their normal environment. Spiritual care is about providing for and meeting those needs that concern the above, but not only in times of sadness, but also in times of joy and celebration too.
Religious needs - Often people express the way they believe in a particular way, whether as part of a community or on their own. This expression is very important. When in hospital it can be difficult to maintain the practice and way of belief so we try to ensure that people have what they need, whether a prayer mat or Holy Communion, we aim to provide both the resources and the contacts to facilitate this as far as possible.