The chaplains are a multi-faith team available to provide pastoral and spiritual care and support to patients, their visitors and staff across all our sites. We are here to listen and provide a compassionate source of support to all. We visit on the ward and make arrangements to meet with those who require our services on a one-to-one basis. Some of the ways we can offer support are:
- Listening to and supporting patients, and their families and friends.
- Prayers for healing and recovery.
- Responding to questions on faith and culture.
- Support for patients in ethical questions in health and faith.
- Religious services at University College Hospital chapel.
- Our services are “patient led”.
- We offer pastoral and spiritual support to staff.
- Blessings for new-born babies and support for emergency marriages.
- Support for pregnancy loss.
- Last Rites and religious support for patients who are/or end of life.
- Patients who belong to a faith community may require religious and/or spiritual support. For some people this can mean prayer, reading from a holy book, listening, advice, end of life support, and advice about funeral arrangements. For Christians this can include the Sacraments (e.g., the Sacrament of the Sick, Holy Communion, Baptism, and Last Rites).
- Chaplains visit wards and departments regularly.
- Catholic and Church of England Chaplains provide 24-hour emergency cover (including all public holidays)
- The Imam is part-time and also provides on-call for Muslim patients. The Imam can provide assistance to Muslim patients and visitors including end of life prayers, advice on end of life matters, and after death care.
- Our Jewish chaplains are available most days except over Sabbath and Jewish festivals. The Sabbath starts at sunset on Friday and ends when dark on Saturday evening.
- We have contacts for some other world faiths
- Chaplains can advise about emergency religious and civil weddings.
The below areas are usually open at all times (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year) for private prayer and quiet contemplation.
- The Chaplaincy office is based in the Chaplaincy at the Podium, Ground floor, near the cafe.
- If no one is in the office and you wish to leave a message, please push it under the door and one of our chaplains will be in touch or alternatively phone 020 3447 3007, ext. 73007 and leave a message.
- There is a Christian Chapel, Muslim Prayer Room for men and women, ablution (wudhu) rooms, a Jewish Shabbat Room, and a quiet room.
- The quiet room holds a baby memorial book, in which bereaved parents can arrange to add their baby’s name.
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), Queen Square
The Chapel is on the Ground floor of the Albany Wing and anyone is welcome to use it. Visitors are welcome to sit quietly and use the multi-faith/quiet space for prayer and contemplation. This is open 24/7. Christian services and Friday Jumu’ah Prayers are held occasionally at NHNN. See notice board outside NHNN Chapel.
The multi-faith room is opposite the main reception and is open 24/7 to people of all faiths and none for prayer and contemplation.
The prayer room and the oasis room are on the ground floor and are open 24/7. The ablution (wudhu) rooms are adjacent to the prayer room.
There are no facilities for prayer at Macmillan Cancer Care Centre and The Royal National ENT & Eastman Dental Hospitals.
Religious services are currently held at:
The Chaplaincy UCH Podium Ground Floor, 235 Euston Road, NW1 2BU.
Catholic Mass: Sunday at 9.45am, Monday - Thursday at 1.30pm.
Church of England Eucharist: Thursdays at 12.30pm
Friday Jumu’ah Prayers:
Weekly (British Summer time)
- 1st 1:10 - 1:30pm (staff only)
- 2nd 1:45 - 2:05pm
Weekly (Wintertime, GMT)
- 1ST 12:30 to 12:50pm (staff only)
- 2nd 13:00 to 13:20pm
Additional services are sometimes arranged for festivals or special events.