Welcome to the Chaplaincy Department; we hope you will discover more about chaplaincy and how to access our 24-hour service
Coming into hospital can sometimes be unsettling and stressful. Patients, relatives and carers may find it helpful to have someone to talk to. The Chaplains are available to speak with you whether you are a person of faith or not. The hopes and fears, worries and aspirations of every human person means each individual has spiritual and pastoral needs. Sometimes it helps to have someone alongside to think things through - someone with the time to listen.
You may have something to celebrate, something you are thankful for, or you might have something to get off your chest. The chaplains can assist in all these things.
Chaplains are members of hospital staff, who provide spiritual, religious, and pastoral care to patients, their relatives and the Trust staff. There are Christian chaplains (Church of England, Free Church and Roman Catholic), and Muslim chaplains.
Representatives of other faiths can be called in to see you as and when appropriate. The chaplains are helped by trained volunteer visitors from many Christian denominations and from other faiths.
We work alongside patients to listen, support and care in a non-judgemental way and help to bring a sense of wholeness, affirming the dignity and value of each person. Recognising and trying to meet the emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of people is well understood as contributing to recovery, well-being and a renewed sense of purpose and the healing of each individual.
Members of the Team also provide Training for members of staff, and can offer help in the care of patients of different religious/cultural backgrounds.
Chaplains regularly visit wards and can be called to visit individuals at any time. If you wish to speak to a member of the Chaplaincy Team, please ask a member of staff or ring us on 01254 733632 or 01254 733001 or contact us via the hospital switchboard.
- A one-to-one pastoral care service
- Pastoral care volunteer wards visitors
- Visits to patients on wards and departments
- Privacy for patients, relatives and carers and staff in the Spiritual Care Centre
- Spiritual assessment and support to those experiencing loss and isolation in hospital
- Spiritual and religious care to dying patients and their families, anointing, sacraments of the sick, prayer
- Spiritual care and support to bereaved
- Religious or non-religious funerals for babies, still-births, miscarriages and terminations
- Memorial services or events, religious or non-religious, for members of staff who have died in service
- Memorial services for patients
- Access to and liaison with clergy of particular religious faiths or denominations as required
- Weekly services and prayers for patients and the hospital community
- Spiritual and sacramental care, including Holy Communion, anointing and prayers for healing
- Befriending of patients in hospital
- Advocacy for patients as necessary
Services and Locations
Chapels, Prayer Rooms and Quiet Spaces
The chapels and Muslim prayer rooms at Blackburn and Burnley Hospitals are open 24/7.
There is a Quiet Room (alongside the Chapel) at Blackburn Hospital open 24/7 for private prayer and reflection.
A Eucharist is held every Sunday in the chapels at Blackburn and Burnley Hospitals at 9:45am.
A Roman Catholic Mass is held every Wednesday at 12noon in the chapel at Blackburn.
Mosque Jumu'ah Prayers
Jumu'ah prayers are held every Friday - times vary according to the calendar and are advertised outside the rooms.
The Chapel, Mosque and Quiet Room at Blackburn Hospital are located on Level 3 in the Spiritual Care Centre (opposite Ward C14).
The Chapel and Muslim Prayer Room at Burnley Hospital can be found in Area 4.
Contact the Chaplaincy Team on 01254 733632 or 01254 733001 or via the hospital switchboard on 01254 263555.