Overview

Spiritual care

We support people of all faiths and beliefs or anyone who would like someone to talk to.

We're happy to meet with patients, families or friends. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Chaplains

We've chaplains and volunteers representing many denominations and beliefs, including:

  • Baha'i
  • Buddhist
  • Christian
    • Church of England
    • Free Church
    • Pentecostal
    • Roman Catholic
  • Hindu
  • Humanist
  • Jewish
  • Muslim
  • Sikh

You might find it helpful to register your faith or belief when you arrive at hospital. This can be done at the same time you give your contact details.

What we offer

We provide:

  • contract funerals
  • memorial services
  • Communion services
  • special annual multi-faith events and services
  • blessings
  • baptisms
  • emergency marriages
  • end of life care support
  • staff support

If you're staying on one of our wards, a chaplain can:

  • bring holy communion to you
  • pray with you
  • anoint you
  • listen to your concerns

Please contact us or ask your nurse to arrange a visit.

We have a chapel and multi-faith prayer rooms for personal meditation, quiet prayer and reflection. If you wish to use a prayer room for a religious or pastoral reason, such as Shabbat, please contact us.

Our volunteers make bedside visits to spend time with patients and offer Eucharist ministry on Sundays.

We also have links to religious, belief and cultural groups in the community.

We provide support to:

Our disaster chaplaincy service is called in times of extreme circumstances. We provide support to patients and their families in our hospitals and in the community at times of distress and personal need.

St Thomas' Chapel

 

St Thomas' Chapel

The Chapel at St Thomas' Hospital has been reopened after restoration work.

The work was to preserve the Grade II listed chapel's unique features, some of which date back to 1870 when it first opened.

The painting Madonna and Child by British artist Jason Brooks is a focal point of the Chapel.

Tucked away in a corner for quiet reflection, Brooks' contemporary painting is a take on the classic representation of Mary and baby Jesus. It was modelled on an unknown woman and Brooks’ own daughter, who was born at St Thomas' Hospital. Brooks spoke to many users of the chapel as he approached the task and took several months to complete the portrait.

The painting was commissioned by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity and is part of its large fine arts collection which is used to enhance our hospitals and community sites. 

Team

  • Revd Mia Hilborn, Hospitaller, head of spiritual health care
  • Revd William Sharpe, Deputy team leader/community chaplain, Anglican chaplain
  • Imam Abdul Choudhury, Deputy team leader, Muslim chaplain
  • Rabbi Nathan Asmoucha, Jewish chaplain
  • Revd Sampson Dankyi, Free church chaplain
  • Revd Jake Dicto, Roman Catholic chaplain
  • Josh Turner, Humanist chaplain
  • Revd Nana Kyei-Baffour, Pentecostal chaplain/spirituality and disability advisor
  • Peter Oguntimehin, Pentecostal/free church chaplain/renal chaplain
  • Victor Sulaiman, Pentecostal chaplain/cardiovascular chaplain
  • Zahida Suleman, Muslim chaplain
  • Revd Sue Taylor, Anglican chaplain/children's chaplain

Contact us

Phone

St Thomas' Hospital: 020 7188 1187, 020 7188 1186 or 020 7188 9844

Guy's Hospital: 020 7188 1185 or 020 7188 9576

For appointments with a chaplain: 020 7188 5588

Email: [email protected]

If you need to access the service urgently, please call the hospital switchboard on 020 7188 7188 and ask to speak to the on duty chaplain. There is always a team leader on call for advice.

We're here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Addresses

St Thomas' Hospital

St Thomas' Chapel, 1st floor, South Wing, St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH

Open from Monday to Friday, 7am to 10pm.

Multi faith prayer room, ground floor, South Wing, St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH

Guy's Hospital

Guy's Chapel, just off St Thomas Street, Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT

Open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.

Multi faith prayer room, ground floor, Tower Wing, Guy's Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9RT

Open from 8am to 7pm every day.

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