Introduction to the Chaplaincy Service
In addition to the medical and other associated care and treatment you will receive within the Trust, as part of our commitment to the provision of a holistic quality service to patients, visitors and staff, we also provide spiritual, religious and cultural support, through our in-house Chaplaincy service.
Where is the Chaplaincy based and how is it staffed?
The Trust-wide Chaplaincy service is primarily based at Airedale General Hospital. There is a linked service for patients and staff at Castleberg Hospital, which is provided locally and we also provide a service to the Mental Health Wards on the Airedale General Hospital site, which are the responsibility of Bradford District NHS Care Trust.
The Chaplaincy at Airedale Hospital is staffed by a team of female and male chaplains and Urdu and Punjabi speaking pastoral workers of various faiths and denominations who are available to talk with and listen to patients (and where relevant, family members, and visitors) to offer support. The chaplains and pastoral workers are assisted in this work by a team of specially trained volunteers from the various faith groups within the vicinity. If you would like a visit from a chaplain or pastoral worker, please tell a member of staff. Alternatively, a message can be left on the Chaplaincy answer phone: 01535 294088 or Ext 4088 from an internal hospital phone. Referrals are welcomed from clergy and faith leaders either by telephone or by using the referral form which is available within the Hospital Chapel. If a chaplain is required urgently, please contact the Hospital Switchboard, who will contact the Duty Chaplain.
Patients who require the services of a chaplain at Castleberg Hospital, should let a member of Castleberg Hospital staff know and this will be arranged.
There is a Chapel at Airedale General Hospital, which is situated near to the West Entrance of the Hospital, where patients, visitors and staff can have a confidential talk with a chaplain. If no chaplain is directly available, please contact switchboard and the Duty Chaplain will be bleeped. There is also a Muslim Prayer Room which can be found next to the Chapel. It has washing facilities and a curtain, so that women may pray in privacy.
The Chapel and Muslim Prayer Room are open 24 hours per day and provide spaces for prayer, reflection, and times of quiet. Please feel free to use these facilities, which are here for you.
What opportunities are there for prayer and attendance at formal services?
Regular Services/Prayer Opportunities are provided by the Chaplaincy service, as follows:
Friday: Friday Prayers in the Muslim Prayer Room. Please see the notice within the Prayer Room for the current time.
Saturday: Roman Catholic Vigil Mass, in the Chapel, at 6.30pm
Sunday: Ecumenical Holy Communion which is open to all Christians, at 11 am.
The Wards are visited on either Friday or Saturday, each week, to see if patients would like to attend one of the Saturday or Sunday services. The names of those who would like to do so, (subject to being well enough to attend) are gathered and specially trained volunteers assist patients who are not sufficiently mobile to attend on their own, by providing wheelchair assistance. Patients who cannot get to the Chapel may receive Holy Communion at the bedside, on their Ward, during the week. Similarly, patients who are not able to attend the Muslim Prayer Room will be visited by one of the pastoral workers, upon request.
In addition to these Services/Prayer Opportunities, we commemorate the major festivals of the Christian year. We also hold a bi-monthly Memorial Service for children lost in pregnancy and the burial of foetal remains. Further information about these services can be obtained from the Nurse-in-Charge of the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit, or from the Chaplaincy.
For those who would like prayers to be said for a particular patient or situation, there is a prayer tree in the Chapel with paper and pencil alongside, on which patients, relatives, visitors and staff, may leave a prayer message. The people and situations for whom prayers have been requested are remembered twice each day in quiet moments of prayer by a member of the Chaplaincy team. The prayer sheets are then gathered together on the following Sunday and the people and situations are remembered during the formal worship of the day.