Chaplaincy

The Mersey Community Hospital Chapel is located on the second floor and is available for quiet time and reflection.

Pastoral care plays an integral part of the hospital’s daily activities and is available to patients, relatives and staff. This voluntary service consisting of trained chaplains who are available 24 hours a day to patients, their families and staff to provide pastoral care and counselling, spiritual and emotional support.

The pastoral care worker, having a clear identity of ministry, seeks to help patients, their families and staff to give expression to their faith and beliefs as they tussle with adverse situations. The pastoral care worker encourages relational reconciliation, facilitates the exploration of people’s faith; supports those who are struggling to find purpose in their lives; assists them to clarify issues that face them; sustains those who find themselves in prolonged illness and guides those who stand on the edge of complex decisions. The pastoral care worker can also provide much needed support to families of seriously ill or dying patients, many of whom spend long hours in the hospital often over a period of several days or weeks.

The pastoral care worker provides support for members of staff in their role of patient care and is able to provide a spiritual perspective and insight into issues of patient care and interpersonal relationships.