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Spiritual and Pastoral Care

Welcome

The Spiritual and Pastoral Care Department is committed to caring for the spiritual, pastoral and religious needs of patients, staff, and relatives of all faiths (and of none).

We have a combination of multi-faith and humanist approaches in our team of pastoral care givers so that patients and staff can access the kind of support that is appropriate to them. We have links with many faith and humanist leaders in the local community. These can be contacted through the Spiritual and Pastoral Care team.

Contact us

You can contact the Spiritual and Pastoral Care team by email on westherts.spiritualcare@nhs.net or by phone on 01923 217 994.

Additionally, all the key contact numbers are held by Switchboard, who can be reached on 01923 244366.

COVID-19 update

We have been delighted with the heartfelt concern and kindness which has been show to our requests for support.

Local residents and groups have given us 45 MP3 players for patients to use to hear music and hear messages from friends and family, 100 prayer mats and 15 Koran cubes and been donated and countless essential items and lovely treats for staff.

All of this after a nurse suggested that her patient might benefit from listening to some music he liked to aid his recovery. However, the patient had no phone or device and so, I put a simple appeal out to our pastoral volunteers and the fruits from that tiny seed have produce an abundance of love and kindness.  

 

The Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team is able to provide support in the following areas of patient and staff care:

  • Religious support
  • Bereavement care
  • End of life issues
  • Facing distressing news
  • Care of the dying and of their relatives
  • Pastoral/spiritual care of palliative patients
  • Ethical issues in patient care
  • Staff support
  • Understanding our own needs and 'triggers' in the workplace
  • Memorial and Funeral Services
  • General pastoral support
  • Multi-faith support and resources
  • Education and training
  • Supporting patient recovery and rehabilitation

Members of our team visit during the week. If you would like a visit please ask ward staff to pass on your request or contact us direct.

The Spiritual and Pastoral Care Department is committed to caring for the spiritual, pastoral and religious needs of patients, staff, and relatives of all faiths (and of none).