Spiritual care for all

What do we offer?

Chaplains are available to all patients and staff whether you practice a faith or not.

Chaplains can help with the deep concerns which affect us all as human beings, relating to values, meaning, and identity. Spiritual care explores issues around life and death, meaning and hope, important relationships.

We do not offer formal counselling, but are experienced listeners, particularly in times of crisis, able to affirm people in times of need. We also help individuals, families and groups to mark significant moments in life and death through the use of ritual, words and symbolic actions.

Who are we?

The Multifaith Chaplaincy Team is responsible for the provision of Chaplaincy Services across the Trust. Team members include Muslim, Buddhist and chaplains from the main Christian traditions, working flexibly between hospitals providing a 24 hour service throughout the year.

The Chaplaincy service seeks to make the practice of religious and spiritual activity possible through times of hospitalisation.

If you practice a faith…

See the Prayer, Worship and Quiet Space section for details of our chapels and prayer rooms.

Contact a chaplain if you would like to be linked to a local faith group, or if you have any concerns connected to your faith.

Opportunities for Prayer, Worship and Quiet Space

People in hospital can feel cut off from their normal life and struggle to make sense of what is happening to them. There are chapels and prayer rooms to find quiet spaces to reflect or pray.

Religious Support

For Christians, chapel services are held each Sunday in the chapel at the Northern General Hospital. If you would like to attend, please ask a member of ward staff to contact the chaplains. Alternatively, we can arrange for a chaplain to visit you at the bedside to bring Holy Communion or say prayers.

For Muslims, the following are available: Qurans in Arabic and English; Prayer mats; Prayer hijabs; Earth to be used for dry ablution (tayammum) and advice on the direction of Makkah.

For a wide range of faiths, Chaplains hold a list of contacts in the local community. If you would like specific faith support we can ask them to come and visit.


Northern General Hospital


Vickers Corridor Level E
Sunday Service at 9.30am
Plus 1st Sunday of month RC Mass at 4.00pm

Prayer Rooms

Vickers Corridor Level E (Muslim) next to Deli bar
Chesterman Wing Level D (Muslim) Friday prayers are held here
Robert Hadfield Wing Level AO (Multi faith)

Royal Hallamshire Hospital


A floor

Prayer Rooms

B floor corridor to left of shops (Muslim)
A floor inside chapel (Multi-faith)

Weston Park Hospital


1st floor, open throughout the day

In all the hospitals look out for notices on message boards for details of seasonal
celebrations and occasional services.

Contact Details

Urgent referrals: Chaplaincy provides a 24/7 on-call service. Contact the duty chaplain, the on-call Roman Catholic priest, or the Muslim chaplain via the hospital switchboard. We will respond within one hour.

Non-urgent referrals: please leave a message on Ext 14999. We will respond by the end of the next working day.

General enquiries: 0830 – 1700 daily, there is usually at least one chaplain based on each site. Call 0114 2212718 (Central Campus) or 0114 2715485 (Northern Campus).

We value your comments, and if there is anything you would like to tell us about the chaplaincy service in the hospital please write to:

The Chaplaincy Manager, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2JF. Tel: 0114 2712573

More details of our work


Mindfulness is popular for a reason. In essence it is a way of getting more control of our attention and increasing our peace of mind. It can help us deal with stress, cope with people and increase our resilience.

Chaplaincy has developed resources for prayer and meditation based on Mindfulness that are downloadable here And Breathe (Mindfulness).

Palliative Care

We have a Specialist Palliative Care Chaplain who is dedicated to supporting people at this time of life and death. This Chaplain works closely with hospital Palliative Care teams and also with St Luke’s Hospice.

All our chaplains however are experienced in this area and able to support patients and families when needed.

Remembrance Services

Chaplains lead annual memorial services for babies and renal patients, as well as leading other religious celebrations and services for patients, families and staff. Please contact us for further details.


While the relationship between spirituality and health has become a growth area in contemporary health studies, research within chaplaincy is in its infancy nationally. Being a small department Chaplaincy struggles to reach a critical mass consistently to engage in research activity or achieve funding. The department, therefore, supports a regional chaplaincy research network for the Yorkshire and Humber region. Among other things the network aims to build capacity and capability for chaplains’ engagement with research and to foster the application of research methodologies to quality improvement activity, both locally and beyond.

The department is open to opportunities to collaborate with other researchers; either chaplaincy focused research developed elsewhere or through the addition of a pastoral/spiritual care aspect to non-chaplaincy based research being designed locally.

For more interest about the regional network, or to discuss involving chaplaincy in a research project please contact the head of chaplaincy.


Chaplaincy depends on a committed team of pastoral visitors and Eucharistic ministers to support the pastoral, spiritual and religious needs of the patients and families at our hospitals. The volunteers are committed members of a mainstream Christian church or of another faith or belief community, who have been recommended by their community leader as having recognised pastoral skills and life experience.

ED Pastors

The chaplaincy team oversea a group of volunteers known as ED Pastors, from local churches in the Accident and Emergency department at the Northern General Hospital. They have been trained to listen to patients, relatives and staff and offer pastoral and spiritual support. .

If you are interested in volunteering with the chaplaincy department, please get in touch for further details.


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