Hospitals and Hospice
Countess of Chester Hospital
Direct line to Hospital Chaplaincy Office (with answerphone): 01244 364543.
The Spiritual Care Centre at the Countess of Chester Hospital is situated on the first floor near the bridge. It is always open and is a place of quiet for everyone.
The Chaplaincy Department has three Chaplains on the Team from different Christian Denominations, and a number of volunteers who visit round the wards and help to bring patients along to services.
The Chaplain's role is to help cater for the Spiritual, Religious, and Pastoral needs of patients, relatives and staff.
Our Chaplains are always available for prayer and spiritual support. Anglican, Roman Catholic or Free Church clergy are appointed by the hospital. Contacts for other faiths are available via the Chaplains. Fr Paul Shaw, Parish Priest at St Werburgh's Church, is the Roman Catholic Chaplain.
On Sunday at 11am there is an Interdenominational Service with Holy Communion for staff, patients and relatives. Helpers are available to assist patients to and from the Centre if needed. Holy Communion is also available on the wards. Please ask the nursing staff to inform the hospital chaplain. Gideon New Testaments are placed in each bedside locker. Copies of the Koran are also available, together with other Holy Books, for example those of the Jewish, Buddhist or Hindu faiths.
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd
Our local Hospice, in Backford (between Chester and Ellesmere Port) provides highly specialised palliative care for people living with advanced diseases from the communities of Chester, Deeside, Ellesmere Port and Rural Cheshire.
Many patients have needs which extend beyond the immediate physical and social aspects of care. Although the Hospice is not allied to any particular faith or denomination it provides a chaplaincy team to address spiritual needs or answer questions and concerns relating to spirituality. The team consists of volunteer ministers who are able to spend time talking with patients individually and help with prayer or communion if appropriate. A suitable service is held in the chapel on most days and is attended by day patients, in-patients and families.