Chaplaincy Services

Chaplaincy Services

Chaplaincy, Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Who are we?

Rev Scott Watts and Rev Catharine Furlong are employed by the Trust to care for the pastoral, spiritual and religious needs of patients, relatives, staff, volunteers and visitors to the Hospital. Scott and Catharine are supported by multi-faith ministers from the local community and by a large team of lay and ordained volunteer chaplains.

Who are we here for?

In short, we’re here for everyone! We’re here for you – no matter what you believe, struggle to believe or don’t believe. Our Chaplaincy Vision best sums up our values:

“Anyone and everyone, All faiths or no faith, Problems or not: Here for YOU.”

Where can you find us?

All around the Hospital. A chaplain is available to support you day and night, throughout the year. Our office is located next to the Chapel. If the door is open, feel free to call in and speak with us. The Quiet Room, next-door to the office, provides a place to meet in confidence, in a peaceful and informal setting.

What do we do?

Like other members of the healthcare team, chaplains regularly visit wards to support patients and their relatives. As well as general visiting, we offer prayer, Holy Communion and other religious services at the bedside.Our Chapel services are open to everyone. Services in the Chapel

Day Time Service
Sundays: 9.00am10.45am Morning prayerMorning worship (in a variety of styles and traditions)
Mondays: 8.15am Staff Prayers
Wednesdays: 4.30pm Roman Catholic Mass
Thursdays: 3.00pm Church of England Holy Communion
Fridays: 1.15pm Muslim Prayers

Special services take place throughout the year, including baptisms, weddings, renewal of wedding vows, the Trust Carol Service in December and memorial services for individuals and groups, including the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society and the Miscarriage Association Chaplains participate in all aspects of the Trust’s life, including various education, learning and development programmes and are members of a number of committees and groups, providing advice on ethical issues, dignity and respect, holistic care and on all spiritual, pastoral and religious matters.

What about supporting staff?

A key aspect of the chaplains’ work is to offer confidential support to all staff and volunteers. Having someone to share your personal and/or work-related concerns with, who offers a non-judgemental ear and who is not part of your line management structure, can often be helpful. Chaplains are in a unique position to be able to offer this service and gladly do so for everyone.

The Chapel

The Chapel is located on the main corridor of the ground floor of the hospital and is clearly signed. It is open day and night and used by people of all faiths and no faiths. Many people comment on the sense of peace and calm that they experience there. All are welcome.

Click here to view the disabled access guide for our Chapel

How can I find out more?

If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to use when you see us around the hospital or come and find our office located next to the Chapel.  You also email us at scott.watts@nhs.net  or catharine.furlong@nhs.net

Contact us

Contact Telephone Number
Non urgent messages 01480 847474
Urgent messages 01480 416416