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We're here for you - hello from the Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team

We are pleased to have this opportunity to let you know something of the support that is available to you, through our team, while your child is in hospital.

We offer a listening ear and sensitive support for those of any faith and for those who do not have religious beliefs, always respecting your own life situation.

The help we offer is confidential, non-judgmental, sympathetic and often practical. For some this will be support for religious needs such as prayers, a service of blessing or baptism or helping you make contact with your faith community. For others it might be a chat, a safe place to share concerns, explore questions or reflect on decisions. For many it will mean support by just being there at their times of need.

In addition to the chaplains, our experienced volunteers visit the wards once a week and offer help to parents and relatives. If you would like a chaplain to visit they can also arrange this for you.

A place of peace and quiet

BCHThere is a multi-faith space, the Prayer Room, on level 4 for people to come and have some time out and be still with their thoughts and concerns. In this room there is a book in which you can write your thoughts and prayers and also several resources that you may find helpful. These include a copy of the Bible, the Koran and holy books from other faiths, various artifacts and also Muslim prayer mats. You can also find out which faith festivals are taking place during the month and there is a book with information on local contacts and meeting places for all the major faith traditions.

The Prayer Room is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Although there are no religious services as such held there, there is a service of Holy Communion every week in the Bristol Royal Infirmary Quiet Space and also corporate Muslim Friday Prayer.

Friends for Parents

There may be times when you find that being at the bedside of your child is quite draining and that it can be difficult to drag yourself away. However, for your own wellbeing, you will need to take a break from time to time. The chaplaincy department can help through Friends for Parents. These volunteers visit the ward each day to see if they can be of assistance to families. They can help you by:

  • visiting you and your child
  • spending time with you on the day of your child's treatment or surgery
  • sitting with your child while you take a break
  • telling you where to get information on local facilities
  • trying to help you with any other queries or needs you may have to make things easier for you while your child is in hospital - or just having a cup of coffee and a chat with you.

How to contact the Chaplaincy team 

If we can be of any help to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can speak to the ward staff and they can call the chaplain or Friends for Parents or a chaplaincy volunteer for you.

You can call us on 0117 342 6799 or within the hospital on x26799. Together we offer a seven day a week service throughout University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. In an emergency a chaplain can be contacted by staff 24 hours a day.

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