GOING INTO HOSPITAL

No one looks forward to a stay in hospital, but if it becomes necessary, it is important that you are well cared for. Part of that good care is the Hospital Chaplaincy Service; a multi- faith department whose role is to provide for the spiritual, pastoral and religious needs of patients and their relatives.

It is well recognised that not everyone is a church-goer or necessarily wants religious services, but that the very act of being taken into hospital can disturb our sense of self and normality.

Chaplains offer a friendly face, a listening ear, a chance to talk through thoughts and concerns, prayer, religious advice and comfort and the support of the Sacraments. Everything is held in confidence.

Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an ‘on-call’ service in case of emergency.

On admission to hospital please ensure that your religion is registered and confirm that this information may be passed to the RC Chaplain.

+ If you would like a chaplain to visit please ask ward staff to contact the appropriate chaplain.

+ If your relative is admitted to hospital please notify the chaplain.

+ If you let us know you’re there, we can be there for you.

 

How to contact the RC Chaplain

 Contact details for all Westminster Diocese Healthcare Chaplains, and hospitals within the Diocese are posted on the Diocesan

web-site:www.rcdow.org.uk/healthcare.

They are also listed in the Westminster Yearbook under ‘Hospitals’.

Details of your local hospital chaplain will often be noted in the parish newsletter or posted at the back of church.

If you are having difficulty contacting the hospital chaplain, your parish priest will be able to help you.

Westminster Diocese Healthcare Chaplains

The Cardinal’s Adviser for Healthcare Chaplaincy can be contacted at 68 Hazlewood Crescent, London W10 5DJ

Telephone: 020 8969 2660

www.rcdow.org.uk/healthcare

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THE FULL VERSION OF THIS FORM, PLEASE SPEAK TO THE PARISH PRIEST OR CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE ON 020 8866 6581.  Email:  eastcote@rcdow.org.uk