The chaplaincy at Frimley Health offers compassionate care and pastoral support to all patients and their families and to all staff.
This support is available whatever your religious beliefs, and to those who follow no religious faith.
We recognise that coming into hospital can be a difficult time for you and your family and friends. Our role is to just 'be there' for you, offering a non-judgemental and confidential listening ear and a safe place to chat or share concerns, explore questions or reflect on decisions.
We recognise that all people have spiritual needs even if they do not follow a particular religion or faith. These include emotions, relationships, fears, hopes, identity and purpose. Spiritual needs can relate to a specific faith, religion or culture, they can be unique to an individual’s experiences, values and beliefs.
We recognise the value of spiritual care, and are part of the all-round care for each patient, their visitors, and for everyone working in hospital. We are experienced and trained to offer non-judgmental support, whatever a person’s faith, perspective or lifestyle. Some want to talk through some of the pressures and problems they are facing, others need a companion for this part of their journey and value us being alongside them for a while.
Chaplaincy office: 01276 604184
The chapel at Frimley Park Hospital is on the ground floor, off Yellow Street, facing the emergency department corridor. It is open 24 hours a day as a place of prayer, and quiet reflection for everyone.
The mortuary chapel of rest/viewing room is separate from the main chapel and multi-faith room and is located on the ground floor adjacent to the mortuary off Red Street.
In most wards copies of the New Testament & Psalms are provided by the Gideons International and may be available in your bedside locker. Please let the staff or a chaplain know if you would like a copy.
Holy communion/prayer services are held at 9am each Sunday in the chapel. Services are usually conducted by a chaplain. They are quite informal and last no more than 20 minutes. People wanting ministry from within their own denomination or tradition can make contact with the appropriate chaplain or the chaplaincy team who will liaise on their behalf.
On Sunday mornings we visit the wards and offer each patient the opportunity for personal prayer and Holy Communion.
The multi-faith room is accessible from the chapel vestibule off Yellow Street. It is open 24 hours a day and provides a quiet space for prayer or somewhere just to sit quietly. Copies of sacred books for some major faiths are available. There are individual prayer mats and a carpet is kept rolled up for Muslims who wish to pray. A folder is provided for anyone to record their comments on the use of the room or to record their prayers.
Bereavement and end of life care
The chaplaincy team works closely with the palliative care team and the bereavement office.
The award-winning Time Garden at Frimley Park Hospital is thought to be the only one of its kind in any NHS hospital in the country and is meant to be a place where families can spend precious last moments in an idyllic non-clinical setting. Many patients and their loved ones have used it to create special memories and Mary Hayes, lead nurse for cancer and palliative care and the garden project leader, said: "The comments that have been left in our comments book really show how important it is for patients and their families to have a space like this away from the clinical environment at the end of their lives."
Throughout the year memorial services are held for relatives and friends of those who have died in hospital.
…when it matters most’
We offer compassionate care and pastoral support to ALL patients, their families and staff (clinical and non-clinical). This provision is available to ALL people in ALL areas of the Trust; to those of different religious faiths, and also to those who profess no religious faith but have their own personal views and values.
Peter Blackshire (Lead Chaplain) Mobile: 07795 334074
Michael Ossei-Williams (Chaplain) Mobile: 07824 432387
Edward Issitt (Chaplain) Mobile: 07717 360648
Jilby Augustine (Macmillan Pastoral Worker) Mobile: 07771 938703
Chaplaincy office: 01753 633660
Chaplaincy and pastoral care team
The chaplaincy team consists of three chaplains one Macmillan pastoral worker and a pastoral care coordinator. We also have a wide pastoral network of trained volunteers, representatives of different faiths and beliefs, and local community connections.
We are always contactable and we run an out-of-hours 24/7 emergency provision. You can reach us by phoning the Wexham Park office (01753 633660) or via the hospital switchboard (01753 633000). The office at Wexham Park is along the side corridor at the side of the chapel, which is just behind the hospital’s main entrance reception.
Wexham Park chaplaincy team with our local community partners
We offer support to all patients, their relatives and staff by providing:
• Pastoral and spiritual care
• A confidential listening service
• Responses to requests for visits and prayer support
• Regular visiting of wards and departments
• Pastoral care involvement as part of the palliative care team in a multi-disciplinary approach
• Hospital end-of-life and bereavement support
• Involvement in the stress management group for staff
• A chapel as a place of prayer and reflection
• Religious ceremonies at bedside (communion, anointing, emergency baptism, etc.)
• A pastoral network with local contacts for all the major world faiths
• A reference point for information about spiritual and religious matters
• 24/7 emergency on-call cover
The chapel is always open for staff, patients, relatives and friends to use (except during the Christian Service and Muslim Prayer). People of different faiths use the chapel as a place of prayer and devotion (with appropriate resources available); it is also used by people who do not profess any religious faith as a place of quiet and reflection. There are separate weekly service for Christians and Muslims.
At Wexham Park, the chapel is on the main corridor just behind the hospital’s main entrance reception
At Heatherwood, the chapel is on the main circuit of corridor, at the southeast corner (between Ward 4 and the Mental Health Department, and between Forest Lodge and Ward 5.)
Every Tuesday a Christian service is conducted in the chapel from 1pm to 1.30pm. This is a time of worship accompanied by music, a short reflection and prayer. It is open for all.
Every Friday Jum’uah prayer is conducted in the chapel from 1.15pm to 2pm. An ablution facility is attached to the chapel.
Following the death of someone, the Bereavement Office gives procedural advice and support to relatives following. This includes overseeing the relevant documentation requirements and giving advice regarding registration and the Coroner's referral system.