Spiritual and Pastoral Care (Chaplaincy)

Contact (01392) 402024 or call the hospital switchboard on (01392) 411611 and ask for the Chaplaincy Team


Illness and injury can impact on more than just your body. There are times when patients, families and staff all require a different kind of support.

Whether you need a listening, compassionate ear or spiritual support, Healthcare Chaplaincy is here for you.

We try to ensure that the spiritual, pastoral and emotional needs of patients, relatives and staff are met whenever possible, whatever their faith or belief.

This very much includes those who do not consider themselves religious at all. Being in hospital can affect people's lives in so many ways, many quite hidden.

Illness can bring added anxieties which people may find difficult to share with those closest to them. Members of our team are available at most times to sit with patients, relatives and staff and be a listening presence.

We are also available 24 hours a day in an emergency to provide additional support to patients and families.

Here for everyone

Everyone is welcome at the Chaplaincy Centre. It is based on level 2 at Wonford Hospital near the Oasis Restaurant. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients, visitors and staff are welcome to use it as a place for quiet reflection or prayer - it a space for all faiths and none.

If you would like a Healthcare Chaplain to visit you, please inform your nurse or contact us directly.

Our community hospitals are also supported by a dedicated Chaplaincy Team, as well as good networks with local belief groups.

Accessing religious, pastoral or spiritual support

Our team can help you to meet your needs while in hospital. This can include:

  • 24-hour on-call service for urgent situations, accessed via clinical members of the care team
  • 1-2-1 support, talking through faith/belief concerns and wider questions; “why me?”
  • Support when viewing a deceased relative
  • Help to attend events in RD&E Chaplaincy Centre
  • Holy Communion, prayer, anointing or other services taken to the ward
  • Our Chaplaincy Centre offers facilities for Muslim prayer (and Wudu), as well as regular Buddhist and Hindu events

Our team

We are a team of NHS staff who provide pastoral support and spiritual and religious care for patients, their carers and staff.

Our team includes Chaplains from different traditions, who represent a range of beliefs found in Devon. Each is trained and experienced in Healthcare Chaplaincy. For instance, our Chaplain on Duty on any particular day may be Anglican, Salvation Army or Humanist (non-religious). Our team also includes Roman Catholic, Jewish and many other traditions.

All of our Chaplains understand that their role is to listen to people wherever they are on their spiritual journey and never to impose their own beliefs. We are supported by trained volunteers, the majority of whom spend their time visiting wards. There is  also a wider network of Honorary Chaplains and community support.

We also have a dedicated team of Befrienders. They offer to visit anyone who is isolated or in need of some company while in the RD&E.

All our team can be identified by official NHS ID and, like all healthcare staff, we are bound by strict confidentiality and safeguarding rules.

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