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Chaplaincy, religion and spiritual care

A warm welcome to you from the Chaplaincy Team at East Sussex Healthcare Trust.

The Chaplaincy Team welcomes you to our hospitals and the services we provide within the community.

We recognise that for many people who need to be admitted to hospital can be a challenging experience which touches on areas of life such as emotions, feelings, hopes and fears that they may not necessarily encounter.

The Chaplaincy Team is employed by the Trust and consists of ordained and lay men and women members of staff and volunteers.

Our aim is to help patients, relatives and staff address personal issues which may or may not be of a religious nature, including supporting people who need:

  • Help with understanding their experience of being in hospital
  • Someone to talk to in confidence about anything which is bothering them
  • Religious Support (guidance, prayers, Holy Communion, religious literature etc)
  • Pastoral Care (from someone who is caring, compassionate and kind)
  • Emotional support (time with someone who has a listening ear)
  • A way of facing difficult news with professionals who have the time to listen
  • To talk through life-threatening or ethical issues

The Trust is committed to respecting the diversity in culture and religion of all those in its care and has a Christian Chapel, multi-faith/Quiet Room and Chaplaincy Offices on each site. 

Chaplaincy also advises staff on the effect religion and spirituality has on medical, dietary and palliative care requirements.

In delivering spiritual care, the ethos of our Chaplaincy Teams is to:

  • Offer companionship on the journey
  • Ensure the unquestioning acceptance of every individual concerned
  • Provide a caring listening ear
  • Treat everybody with dignity and respect, in total confidentiality
  • Not take a high moralistic stance
  • Never be judgemental in any way or impose personal beliefs on individuals
  • Provide religious, spiritual and pastoral care to patients, relatives, carers, and staff regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, colour, physical ability, or belief.
How to contact a Chaplain
We are here to support you during your time in hospital.

We are available to you at any time.

You can contact us through your nursing staff or by telephone:
Conquest Hospital Chaplaincy
Tel: (01424) 755255 Ext: 8311
Eastbourne DGH Chaplaincy
Tel: (01323) 417400 Ext: 4145
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