We are extremely busy in our emergency department so please use our services wisely.  In emergency and life-threatening cases continue to come forward as normal or call 999. 

However, if you are unsure about where to go, please call NHS 111 before coming to our emergency department who can best advise you on your next step.

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A stay in hospital can be a worrying experience, both emotionally and spiritually. We offer care, comfort and support to all.

Services provided

We are here for everyone; patients, relatives and staff. Pastoral and spiritual care is available to everyone, no matter what faith or beliefs are held. We respond to any who ask for us.  We also have a group of trained and supervised volunteers who visit the wards on a regular basis. If patients cannot easily get to the chapel services, then arrangements for them to receive bedside communion can be made.

We offer: 

  • a listening ear at a time of difficulty or crisis 
  • a space to talk about life, purpose or the meaning of things 
  • pastoral counselling
  • support if you wish to practice your faith or spiritual tradition 
  • contact with representatives of other faith communities 
  • prayer support 


Contact the team

Telephone: 01284 713771

Reverend Rufin Emmanuel, lead chaplain: 01284 713486 

Reverend Stephen Griffiths, deputy lead chaplain: 01284 712704

Roman Catholic priests are also available on request, please speak to the chaplaincy team.

Email - info.chaplaincy@wsh.nhs.uk

The chaplains are on duty Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 5.00pm 


Services and prayers in West Suffolk Hospital Chapel

Roman Catholic Mass: Every Monday, 12pm

Non-catholic communion: Every Tuesday, 12pm

Muslim prayers: Jummah every Friday, 1.15pm

Bedside communion: Please contact a member of staff to contact a member of the chaplaincy team if you would like bedside communion.

Prayers: Monday - Friday, 9.15am. 


Opening times

The chapel is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is a place of peace and quiet, where there is a welcome for all. Whether you have a faith or not, the chapel provides a space for you to pray and gather your thoughts. 


Volunteering in the Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy volunteers play an important part within the chaplaincy department. Weekday volunteers are allocated to a particular ward, where they visit on a regular basis and can spend time talking or simply being with someone. 

If you are interested in volunteering either pop in and meet us or give us a call on 01284 713771. 



The chapel located on the ground floor is open 24/7 and includes a multi-faith room, for prayer and worship for all faith groups. For the Muslim community there are washing facilities, prayer mats and a Qibla locator.