What is our Spiritual Care service?
Our Spiritual Care service is there for you if you feel that you need to talk to someone in confidence, or when you just need a quiet space to reflect or pray. The experience of coming to hospital can cause many different emotions in patients, parents, relatives and carers and our Spiritual Care service is here to help.
Be assured that we will not preach at you, and we will not try to push religion on you. We are here for everybody, regardless of whether they have a religious faith or not.
The team are happy to:
- Offer support in a time of spiritual need
- Talk about baptism or blessing of patients
- Pray with patients and families, or just listen
- Contact representatives of any other faiths and denominations as needed
Prayer requests and candle lighting requests are always welcomed by 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.
Where is the Spiritual Care Service?
The service is based in the Sanctuary, which is located on the 2nd floor of the hospital (the lower floor of the treehouse) in the atrium. This is the hospital chapel and prayer room.
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 4pm 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 support, which can be accessed by asking a staff member to contact our switchboard on 0151 228 4811.
Who’s in the Spiritual Care team?
The Spiritual Care team consists of two full-time staff, together with other staff who contribute to the 24/7 service, as well as a number of trained Spiritual Care volunteers.
We can be contacted by asking a staff member to page us through the hospital switchboard, or by visiting the Sanctuary.