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Chaplaincy

Updated 19 February 2021

Chaplains are employed by the Trust to provide confidential support and pastoral care to patients, carers and staff. We provide a confidential listening service which is open to all regardless of age, gender, religion, sexual orientation or any other form of diversity.

The Prayer Room is also available at all times of the night and day as a place of quiet reflection and prayer. The Chapel is located in the South Wing on Level 3 and is open at all times as a place of quiet, reflection and prayer.

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 to sit with patients, relatives and staff to listen attentively and help them work through their thoughts, feelings and experiences. 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 often spend time on the wards visiting patients.

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

We currently have three hospital chaplains:

Reverend Ron Martin (Church of England)  - Lead Hospital Chaplain
Reverend Jean Saddington (Church of England) - Senior Hospital Chaplain
Father Barry Hallett (Roman Catholic) - Hospital Chaplain

If you wish to speak to a Hospital Chaplain you can tell a member of staff you wish to see a Hospital Chaplain and they can contact them or call 01305 255198 and leave a message.

Alternatively you can email ron.martin@dchft.nhs.uk or jean.saddington@dchft.nhs.uk

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

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