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​Chaplaincy

We are a team of NHS staff who provide pastoral support and spiritual and religious care for patients, their carers and staff, of all faiths and of none.

  • Rev. Ron Martin (Church of England) Lead Hospital Chaplain

  • Rev. Richard Betts (Church of England) Hospital Chaplain

  • Fr. Barry Hallett (Roman Catholic) Hospital Chaplain

We are also able to call on the services of representatives of other faiths and we are supported in our work by trained volunteers, who spend time on the wards visiting patients, and providing wheelchair lifts to those who wish to attend our Sunday service

Our team can be identified by official badges and, like all hospital staff, we are bound by strict confidentiality rules.

Spiritual and Pastoral Care

We recognise that illness and injury can affect people's whole lives, not just their bodies. Illness can bring added anxieties which people may find difficult to share with those closest to them. Members of the team are available at most times to sit with patients, relatives and staff to listen attentively and help them work through their thoughts, feelings and experiences.  

Religious Support

We can help meet your religious needs while you are in hospital. This can involve:

  • Help to attend worship in chapel,

  • Holy Communion, anointing or other services taken to the ward.

  • Support given through prayer and by talking through faith issues.

Contacting Us

  • Tell a member of the Ward Staff you wish to see a Hospital Chaplain.

  • Call ext 5198 from within the hospital or (01305) 255198 from outside and leave a message.

  • Email us using ron.martin@dchft.nhs.uk

  • If the matter is urgent you can phone switchboard on 01305 251150 and ask them to contact the on-call chaplain.

The Dorset County Hospital Chapel

The Chapel is situated on level 3 of the South Wing and is open at all times as a place of quiet, reflection and prayer. There is a short, half hour communion service on Sunday mornings at 10.30am. Wheelchair lifts are always available and communion is distributed on the wards to patients who cannot attend the Chapel Service.  The Hospital Muslim faith community use the chapel on Thursdays at 8.30pm for evening prayer and reading the Koran.​