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Chaplaincy services

Our highly trained and experienced Chaplaincy Team provide spiritual, pastoral and religious care to all patients, their carer’s, visitors and staff, supporting those of all faiths and none. Chaplains are available every day and provide a call-out service outside core hours.

Royal Bournemouth Hospital

The Royal Bournemouth Hospital Chapel is a lovely peaceful space for prayer, open 24 hours a day for rest and reflection. Lit candles and dim lanterns create an atmosphere for peace and contemplation for all visitors of the Chapel.

The Quiet Prayer Room and Prayer Room for all faiths

A room is made available to patients and visitors, for them to pray or contemplate in peace and quiet. The prayer room is situated at the back of The Royal Bournemouth Hospital Chapel and has access to ‘wudu’ washing facilities and prayer mats for employees, patients and visitors of the Muslim faith.

Sunday Service

Patients, visitors and staff are warmly invited to attend a Sunday Service between: 2.30-3pm

Chaplains to bring Holy Communion to patients who wish to receive it on request (please inform the Nursing Staff).

A Catholic Mass is held at 6pm each Wednesday and an Ecumenical service is held at 1pm every Thursday in the Chapel of St. Luke, Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Open to all.

Roman Catholic patients are regularly visited by their Roman Catholic Chaplain and may receive Holy Communion if desired. Sacramental ministers also visit the wards on a regular basis.

If you wish to see any of the Chaplains, on admission to the hospital please ask a staff member to contact the Chaplain for a visit. The Chaplains will arrange visits on request. You may request a visit at any time during your stay.

There is an informal prayer meeting held at 1pm, each Tuesday in the quiet room of the chapel. All are welcome.

At Christchurch Hospital there is always a 'Duty Chaplain' available. Please contact the switchboard on 01202 303626, and ask for the Duty Chaplain to attend. We will be pleased to offer any of the ministrations of the church, or just sit and be still with the patient, relatives or friends.


Christchurch Hospital

This chapel is light and airy in design and based on a church in Canada. The chapel is open 24 hours a day with the sacrament held in reservation, and provides a place for private prayer or meditation for patients, friends and relatives, and also staff members.

Memorial services are held in the Chapel and led by the Chaplain. This occurs every two months when Macmillan Patients are remembered by name. Family and friends are welcome to this service.

At Christchurch Hospital there is always a 'Duty Chaplain' available. Please contact the switchboard on 01202 303626, and ask for the Duty Chaplain to attend, who will be pleased to offer any of the ministrations of the church, or just sit and be still with the patient, relatives or friends.


Poole Hospital

Our chaplaincy service covers Poole Hospital, St Mary’s Maternity Unit, Forest Holme Hospice and the Harbour Hospital

Confidential service

Our confidential service is available for patients, relatives, friends and carers, irrespective of whether or not you have a religious faith. Chaplains are people with time to listen, offer support and journey alongside you.

If your request is urgent, please ask the ward staff to bleep the on-call chaplain. A chaplain is normally available 24 hours a day in an emergency.

The chaplaincy team

The team is made up of ordained chaplains and volunteer staff from the Christian and Jewish faiths. We can also contact faith leaders from the Muslim, Buddhist, Baha’i, Hindu, Sikh and Pagan traditions.

The chaplaincy team can:

  • Ensure that your faith needs are respected
  • Provide a friendly and confidential listening ear
  • Provide bedside ministry (prayer, emergency baptisms or naming and blessing services for babies, Holy Communion, anointing on request)
  • Provide an escort to chapel services
  • Contact local faith leaders on your behalf
  • Help to arrange emergency weddings/renewal of marriage vows
  • Provide spiritual resources such as prayer mats, religious texts, other reading material, crosses or beads

The chapel/prayer space

The chapel/prayer space is on the first floor on the A/B Block corridor. It is open 24 hours a day for members of all faiths or none for quiet prayer and reflection. There are various aids to prayer available.

Services

Sunday 10am - Church of England Communion/Free Church Service

Thursday 6.30pm - Roman Catholic Mass

These services are broadcast on Hospital Television Channel 15. This channel is free but patients need to be registered with the in-hospital television network provider.

If you are unable to attend a service, a member of the chaplaincy team will be happy to visit you on the ward.

We hope that your stay in Poole Hospital is a positive one.

You can contact us on 0300 019 2167.

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