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Spiritual and pastoral care

A graphic image showing butterflies and a rainbowOur chaplaincy service covers Poole Hospital, St Mary’s Maternity Unit, Forest Holme Hospice and the Harbour Hospital

Confidential service

Our confidential service is available for patients, relatives, friends and carers, irrespective of whether or not you have a religious faith. Chaplains are people with time to listen, offer support and journey alongside you.

If your request is urgent, please ask the ward staff to bleep the on-call chaplain. A chaplain is normally available 24 hours a day in an emergency.

The chaplaincy team

The team is made up of ordained chaplains and volunteer staff from the Christian and Jewish faiths. We can also contact faith leaders from the Muslim, Buddhist, Baha’i, Hindu, Sikh and Pagan traditions. The chaplaincy team can:

  • Ensure that your faith needs are respected
  • Provide a friendly and confidential listening ear
  • Provide bedside ministry (prayer, emergency baptisms or naming and blessing services for babies, Holy Communion, anointing on request)
  • Provide an escort to chapel services
  • Contact local faith leaders on your behalf
  • Help to arrange emergency weddings/renewal of marriage vows
  • Provide spiritual resources such as prayer mats, religious texts, other reading material, crosses or beads       

The chapel/prayer space

Hospital chapelThe chapel/prayer space is on the first floor on the A/B Block corridor. It is open 24 hours a day for members of all faiths or none for quiet prayer and reflection. There are various aids to prayer available.


Sunday 10am - Church of England Communion/Free Church Service

Thursday 6.30pm - Roman Catholic Mass

These services are broadcast on Hospital Television Channel 15. This channel is free but patients need to be registered with the in-hospital television network provider. 

If you are unable to attend a service, a member of the chaplaincy team will be happy to visit you on the ward.

We hope that your stay in Poole Hospital is a positive one.                                                           

Chapel service times

Church of England communion/Free Church service:

Sunday 10am

Roman Catholic mass:

Thursday 6.30pm

Contact us

You can contact the chaplaincy team by:

  • Asking a member of the ward staff to contact us on your behalf
  • Calling:
    01202 442167 (chaplains’ office)

    01202 448153

    Or via switchboard on 01202 665511 and ask them to contact the on-call chaplain

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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