Our Chaplains provide spiritual and pastoral care and support for all faiths to help people find strength, comfort and meaning at what can be a very difficult time in their lives.

Our service

Illness doesn't just affect the body, and whether you are a patient or visitor, time in hospital can be an unsettling experience.

We recognise that meeting spiritual needs can be an important factor in a person’s well-being and that this is not limited to people who have a formal religious affiliation or belief.

Our chaplains provide spiritual and pastoral care as well as a listening ear, providing sensitive, non-judgmental support in confidence.

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.

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

At Gloucester there is a spacious chapel by the Tower Block 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 prayers are held in the Prayer Rooms every Friday at 1.30pm, but they are available at other times for anyone who requires a private, quiet place for reflection or meditation.

Cheltenham General Hospital

Cheltenham has an attractive peaceful chapel near the Blue Spa Café in the West Block, close to the main 'pillars' entrance. It is also 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. We also offer Muslim prayers at 1:30pm 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.

Here for you

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 on: 0300 422 2222 24 hours a day.

Whether you come to hospital as a patient or a family member/carer or work here the chaplains are here to support you.

If you know that you will be coming into hospital you can contact us in advance to arrange your spiritual care.

For patients, as a part of the admission procedure and your ongoing care, you will be asked about your religion however if you would like to see a chaplain you must make a specific request.

We can also contact your local faith leader on your behalf if you ask us to.

You may ask ward staff to contact a chaplain at any time and a member of the team will visit you as soon as they are able. Ministry is always available at your bedside and we can sometimes make arrangements for you to visit the chapel or prayer rooms.

Families, carers and friends are also welcome to contact the chaplains directly to request support for themselves as well as for the patient.

If you would like us to visit you or someone you know while in hospital you must contact the chaplains or make a special request on the ward that the chaplain be informed of your wishes. If you do not contact us we may not know that you are in hospital and cannot support your spiritual needs.

Contact us

The chaplains have an office alongside the chapels in both hospitals and you may call at any time. If there is nobody in the office, please leave a note in the letter box by the door and we will respond at the earliest opportunity.

You can also contact us by email and telephone and ask that you leave a message if it is not urgent.

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Department of Spiritual Care, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Great Western Road, Gloucester, GL1 3NN

0300 422 6200

Cheltenham General Hospital

Department of Spiritual Care, Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7AN

0300 422 4286

Emergency Contact

In an emergency a duty chaplain can be contacted by the ward staff or via the switchboard by calling: 0300 422 2222.

BEST CARE FOR EVERYONE