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Chaplaincy

Our ChaplainsjpegOur Chapel provides a centre for Spiritual Life. Located on level 1 of the Duchess Building,opposite Dunkery and Triscombe Wards, it is always open and you are welcome to use it for quiet reflection.

 

Our chaplains

Whatever your faith beliefs, or if you have no faith beliefs at all, we offer 24/7 support at your time of need. Whether it's for prayer, bedside communication, chapel attendance on a Sunday, or just a bedside visit, our chaplaincy team are here for you.

Our chaplains are committed to the wellbeing of the whole person - body, mind and spirit. They respect personal integrity and help you to explore your hopes and fears while in hospital. As well as supporting patients in this way, they also support their family, friends and carers, and our own staff.

We act in partnership with local faith communities, and are happy to support those who are spiritual but not religious.

 

Requesting a visit from a chaplain

You can request a visit by asking a nurse to contact our chaplains' office on extension 2515 or bleep 2442. We can also be bleeped out of hours via the switchboard.

Requests to visit neighbours, relatives or friends can be left by:

Ward visiting

Our Sunday chaplaincy team visit between 8am and 10am on Sunday mornings. They bring communion to the bedside of who have requested a visit and offer prayers or spiritual care to those who are unable to attend the chapel service.

Many of our wards are also visited in the week by one of our chaplains, or our trained volunteers.

Patients can request a visit from our Roman Catholic chaplains, who will bring the blessed sacrament.

Contact us

Our chaplains can be contacted by telephone on: 01823 342515.

There is usually a chaplain present in the hospital during the following times:

  • Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Saturday - Sunday, 8am – 12noon

Messages can be left on our answerphone, which is monitored regularly. If you need to contact us urgently, please call via our hospital switchboard on 01823 344443, ask for the operator, and then ask to be put through to a chaplain.

Services

Morning worship with Holy Communion - Sundays at 10.30am. All are welcome to attend, including relatives and friends. Wheelchair and escort service can be provided for those who need it. Ask a nurse on your ward if you would like to attend.

Morning Prayer - Weekdays at 8.40am 

Bedside Roman Catholic Communion - provided to inpatients once a week, usually on Friday mornings.

Muslim Prayers - Friday afternoons, throughout summer and winter, at the following times: Summer: 1.15-1.45pm, Winter: 1– 1.30pm. The chapel is also open for personal devotions. Quran, prayer mats and washing facilities are available.

Staff Prayers - Tuesdays at 1pm

Bereavement Support

Our bereavement support office is situated at the rear of the Duchess Building. Directions can be given when you call to arrange an appointment.

Information and help for the bereaved

Help is at Hand

Bedside Radio and Chaplaincy Broadcasts

You can tune in to the hospital's radio station via the Apple FM website, at: www.applefm.co.uk, or on 97.3FM in the Taunton area. The chaplaincy broadcasts available on Apple FM are:

  • Pause for Thought by a Chaplain - on the weekday breakfast show. 
  • Cross Connections - all the best in Christian Music - on Sundays at 6pm, and repeated on Tuesdays at 11am.

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