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Chaplaincy

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 respresentatives of other faith communities 
  • prayer support 

 

Contact the team

Telephone: 01284 713771

Reverend Ian Howells, lead chaplain: 01284 713486 

Reverend Stephen Griffiths, assistant 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

Christian services: Every Sunday, 10.00am - Chapel stewards are available to collect patients from the wards on request. Please chaplaincy team if required. 

Roman Catholic Mass: Every Monday, 12.30pm

Muslim prayers: Jummah every Friday, 1.15pm

Bedside communion - patients who are unable to get to chapel for Sunday worship a member of the chaplaincy team can visit them at their bedside. Please ask a member of the ward staff to contact a member of the chaplaincy team. 

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. 

 

Location

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.