What we do
We provide space for people of all faiths and those who hold no particular faith to explore their spiritual and religious needs. Our chapels and prayer rooms are open 24 hours a day and are available to the whole hospital community: patients, families, carers, staff, volunteers and visitors.
At Gloucester there is a spacious chapel by the tower entrance. Here you will find a ‘prayer tree’ and a prayer book where you can request prayers. People often spend time here away from the pressures and anxieties of hospital life. Christian morning prayer is shared by the chaplains every weekday at 9am. On a Sunday there is a service of Holy Communion at 8.30am. The Gloucester Prayer Rooms are located close to Foster’s Restaurant and contain resources for many world faiths. Muslim Friday Prayers are held in them at 1.30pm every week, but they are available at other times for anyone who requires a private, quiet place for reflection or meditation.
Cheltenham has an attractive peaceful chapel near the Blue Spa Café in the West Block. It is open 24 hours a day, and is a place where people often come to find space and stillness away from the hustle and bustle of the hospital. There is a prayer book where you can enter requests for yourself or a loved one. Christian morning prayer is offered at 9am each day to which all are welcome. There are Muslim prayers at 1:30 on a Friday. A service of Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday at 8:30am. There are various resources available for Christians, Muslims and members of other world faiths.
We appreciate that patients are often unable to visit the chapels & prayer rooms, so our chaplains and volunteers ensure that bedside ministry is offered where appropriate. This may be a traditional rite, such as Holy Communion or a less formal way of marking a life-event according to the patients own needs, insights and experiences.
There is always a chaplain on duty or ‘on call’ – and , in an emergency, they can be contacted via the hospital switchboard [0300 422 2222] 24 hours a day.
Other links and useful information
The links below will take you to information, documents and sites published by a variety of organisations. However, we do not accept any liability for the accuracy of their information and the link does not indicate that we support or agree with the content of all material or that we endorse any advertising.
Chaplaincy Code of Conduct
Equalities Act - Summary of the law of Equality and protected characteristics
Religion or Belief - A practical guide for the NHS
Religion or Belief - A summary of the law
Religion, belief and sexual orientation in the workplace
Spiritual Care Policy - February 2012
BBC - Religion
BBC - Religious Interfaith Calendar