Chaplaincy, religion and spiritual care

The Chaplaincy Team is made up of ordained and lay men and women members of staff and volunteers.

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.

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

0300 131 5307/08

Eastbourne DGH Chaplaincy

0300 131 4145 /4600

Facilities available to patients and relatives

Hospitals can be a really busy place and so the Trust has made provision for spaces within the Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH where people can find silence, a chance to reflect and be still.

Conquest Hospital Chaplaincy Centre on Level 2

  • Christian Chapel of the Holy Spirit
  • Multi-faith / Quiet Room

Eastbourne District General Hospital Chaplaincy on Level 2, next to Michelham Ward

  Conquest Chaplaincy centre Eastbourne Chaplaincy centre
Monday 12noon – Midday Prayers 12noon – Midday Prayers
Tuesday 12noon – Midday Prayers 12noon – Midday Prayers
Wednesday 12noon – Midday Prayers 12noon – Midday Prayers
Thursday 12noon – Midday Prayers 12noon – Midday Prayers
Friday 12noon – Midday Prayers 9.30am – Church of England Eucharist
10.30am – Roman Catholic Mass
1.15pm – Muslim Friday Prayers in the Prayer Room
Sunday 10.00am – Church of England Holy Communion 9.30am to 11.00am – bedside Communions distributed on the Wards
5.00pm – Songs of Praise Service

Details of Masses on Holy Days will be published on the Chaplaincy notice boards.