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Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care Centre at Alder Hey in the ParkThe Spiritual Care Department is in the Sanctuary, which is located in the lower floor of the Tree house in the Atrium.

As well as the main Sanctuary prayer space, we have a Quiet room where families and staff members may reflect or pray in peace, and Ablution facilities for those who may require them.

Normal office operating hours are 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday; although access to both the Sanctuary and the Quiet room is available 24/7. The team also provides 24/7 emergency on call which can be accessed by asking a staff member to contact switchboard.

The Spiritual Care team consists of two full time staff – Dave Williams and Fiona Lyons – together with other staff who contribute to the provision of 24/7 cover, and a number of trained Spiritual Care volunteers.

Members of the team are available to speak to anybody, whether or not they profess any religious or spiritual belief. We are most certainly not just here for people who go to church, for people who are ‘religious’.

We can also assist those of other faiths, who have differing worship needs, and we are happy to act as a link to representatives of other faiths and denominations when they are needed.

  • The sanctuary has religious symbols and information representing different faith groups to ensure that it is a welcoming area for all faiths to pray.
  • For those of the Jewish faith, some Siddurim and Kippot are available
  • For those of the Muslim faith, a purpose-built ablution facility can be found in the Sanctuary, the Qibla direction is marked and copies of the Quran and prayer mats are available. On Fridays, some members of the Muslim faith gather together for prayers at approximately 1pm.
  • For those of the Sikh faith, the Sacred Nitnem and the Holy Sukhmani Sahib Gutkas are available

Prayer requests and Candle lighting requests are always welcomed from anyone and everyone, and the Prayer Tree within the Sanctuary is there for all patients, families and staff to use in order to communicate their prayers and pleas.

In response to requests, Candles are lit every day at noon during the working week and everyone is welcome to join with us for this short time of prayer.

We are always happy to discuss services of baptism or to offer blessing as requested by families, to pray with patients, and to support families in their time of spiritual need.

We can be contacted by asking a staff member to page us through Switchboard, by calling ext 2465, or by coming to the office.

Your comments and experiences

  • A wonderful morning spent with Ian Hollywood a member of the spiritual care team. Congratulations to all the team for the amazing work they do, keep up the good work guys.

  • In 2003 our daughter Trulie was diagnosed with a heart defect AVSD. Alder Hey fought tirelessly to save her, & the chaplains worked hard to support us not just when we were at Alder Hey but also when we had left. When we left in October 2003 we unfortunately left without our beautiful little girl. The terrible experience was made better because of the care and compassion Alder Hey afforded us. Important to remember and feel hopeful about is that most children do leave Alder Hey Children’s Hospital but whatever life throws at you, I’m certain that this is the best place to be and you and your child will be looked after spiritually and medically. Trulie is now playing in the sea, Salcombe, Devon and though her loss is still hard I thank all the staff at Alder Hey and in particular Rev Dave Williams for all the support and assurance that nothing more could have been done.

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