Spiritual health care (chaplaincy)

Support for people of all faiths and none

About us

Chapel at St Thomas' HospitalThe department of spiritual care supports people of all faiths and beliefs, as well as people who do not have a particular religious belief but who would like someone to talk to. We represent many denominations, faiths and beliefs, including:

  • Buddhist
  • Christian (Church of England, Free Church, Roman Catholic and Pentecostal)
  • Hindu
  • Humanist
  • Jain
  • Jewish
  • Muslim

We provide a 24-hour, seven days a week generic service that is confidential and open to our patients, their relatives and our staff. We will do try to find a faith or belief specific chaplain if we can.

For more information about how to contact us and use our service, please see the patients tab

We regularly hold chaplaincy volunteer training courses and are always interested in hearing from people representing faith or belief communities who may be sponsored for this valuable service. Our chaplaincy volunteers help in several ways, including:

  • visiting inpatients on wards
  • Eucharistic ministry
  • helping with Simulation training for trainees
  • tea and cake for NICU parents.

We also offer a two-year, part-time course for trainee chaplains. Trainee chaplains represent and are accountable to a faith or belief community recognised by the HCCFBG. The training programme includes seminars, pastoral practice and supervision.
If you are interested in either our chaplaincy volunteer or trainee chaplaincy programme, please email nana.kyei-baffour@gstt.nhs.uk.

St Thomas' Chapel

The Chapel at St Thomas’ Hospital has recently reopened after months of painstaking renovation work.

The restoration work has preserved the Grade II listed chapel’s unique features, some of which date back to 1870, when it first opened.

Madonna and Child by Jason Brooks  
Madonna and Child by Jason Brooks

The painting Madonna and Child by British artist Jason Brooks has been a focal point of the Chapel since 2005. It was kept safely in storage while the works took place, and it is now available to enjoy in its restored surroundings. 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’. Brooks spoke to many users of the chapel as he approached the task and took several months to complete the ‘hyper-realistic’ 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. 


Tel: 020 7188 5588

Email: chaplains@gstt.nhs.uk

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