Chaplaincy

There are a range of chaplaincies that serve the people of our Deanery. If you have any chaplaincy information that could go on this page, please use the link at the bottom-right of the page to make contact with me.

Tim Phillips

SPIRITUAL & PASTORAL CARE SERVICES AT THE BURTON HOSPITALS

The Burton Hospitals have three sites, the Queen’s Hospital at Burton, the Robert Peel Hospital at Tamworth and the Samuel Johnson Hospital at Lichfield.

The Chaplaincy service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for patients, relatives and staff. There is usually at least one chaplain on the main site during normal working hours, and always an on call chaplain who can attend as requested out of hours.

Across the three sites, the team currently consists of one full time chaplain, five sessional chaplains and five honorary chaplains, which include Anglican, Roman Catholic, Free Church and Muslim colleagues. Additionally there is a team of over thirty chaplaincy visitors who come from various Christian, Muslim, Atheist and Buddhist traditions, and are trained in Spiritual Care Assessment and in providing support. We also have contacts with other Faith Group Leaders.

Chaplaincy provides confidential comfort and support for all, which includes - A caring and listening ear - The assurance of confidentiality - Availability and time - Non-judgemental acceptance and respect

Chaplains also provide

  • End of life care
  • Visiting for lonely or anxious patients
  • Religious Care, including prayer and Holy Communion at the bedside
  • Support for the recently bereaved

It is helpful if local clergy can let the Chaplaincy Team know if there is someone in hospital who would appreciate their care, to give continuity between parish and hospital. For those of you who find coming in to Burton difficult because of time and distance, the team are always more than happy to visit any of your parishioners on your behalf. This is particularly important where the patient is anxious about their stay in hospital, or where the clergy find it difficult to visit on a very regular basis.

Patients are always comforted by receiving a visit and Holy Communion from own minister or someone from their ‘home team’, but it is helpful if you let the Chaplaincy Team know that you are doing this, so we avoid duplicating visits on the same day and so that our records show an accurate number of Communions received in the Hospital.

Additionally, Revd Trevor Parkerson, of the North West Leicestershire Deanery Chapter, works at the Burton site two days a week as an Honorary Chaplain and is always happy to act as a link between the Deanery and the Hospitals.   Contact; Revd Alison Thorp, Head of Spiritual Care Services

  • E-mail: alison.thorp@burtonft.nhs.uk
  • Tel: 01283 566333 Ext 5666 and leave a message
  • Call in to the office (next to Coffee@Queens)