Hospital Visiting

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD GENERAL HOSPITAL
Hillfield Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4AG
Switchboard –
( 01442) 213141  – or, for individual ward numbers, click HERE
For details of how to contact the Catholic Chaplain, click HERE

Hemel Hempstead Hospital is in the heart of our town.  For many parishioners it is their place of work.  Others will come for Urgent Care Centre attention, outpatient appointments or as in-patients.

Few people look forward to a stay in hospital, but if it becomes necessary, it is important that they are well cared for. That good care includes providing for spiritual, pastoral and religious needs.

The Spiritual and Pastoral Care Department is a multi-faith service committed to the care of patients, staff and visitors of all faiths (or of none).  Chaplains offer a friendly face, a listening ear, a chance to share thoughts and concerns as well as prayer, religious and sacramental care.  They can provide support in coping with illness, bereavement, caring for others, workplace problems – or simply when you need someone to talk to.  Everything is held in strictest confidence.

Chaplains or volunteers visit the wards during the week and in case of emergency outside these times a Priest/Vicar can be called.  In addition, representatives of various faith communities can be requested through the Spiritual and Pastoral Care Department or via the hospital switchboard.

In order to get the best care please ensure, on admission to hospital, that your religion is registered and confirm that this information may be passed to the Spiritual and Pastoral Care Department.  If you would like a Chaplain to visit please ask ward staff to contact the appropriate Chaplain.

More details can be found on the hospital web site:

http://www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk

Hospital Update

Hemel Hempstead Hospital has gone through a process of change to become a Local Hospital. A new Urgent Care Centre, treating patients with minor injuries and illnesses is now open. Main A/E department is now based at Watford General and incorporates a new 120 bed, state of the art, Acute Admissions Unit.

Whether you are a patient at Hemel Hempstead, Watford or St Albans hospitals, the arrangements for contacting the Roman Catholic Chaplain are the same and we commit to providing the same high level of care and service.

Care for Roman Catholic Staff, Patients and Visitors

The Roman Catholic Chaplain – Mrs Colette Lennon – normally visits the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.  Visits at other times are by arrangement (for contact details see below).

In an emergency or for the Sacrament of the Sick, a priest can be called via the hospital switchboard.

MASS is celebrated in the hospital chapel (Jubilee Wing by the back of the Urgent Care Centre) on Tuesday at 1.00 pm. All are most welcome to attend.

Following the Mass, a team of Special Ministers of the Eucharist take Holy Communion to patients at their bedside.

If you or your relative is admitted to hospital please notify the Chaplain.  If you let us know you’re there, we can be there for you.

 Colette Lennon, Roman Catholic Chaplain

 Watford General Hospital 01923 217994 

   Colette.Lennon@whht.nhs.uk

For urgent requests use pager: 07659 171681 leaving name and contact number.