The chaplaincy service provides pastoral, religious and spiritual support for patients, relatives and staff, of all faiths or none. Chaplains have considerable experience of working with many faiths and can arrange for representatives of different faiths to visit patients while in hospital as required.
Chapels and chapel worship
The chapels in all three hospitals are open to all for private prayer and devotion. At Scunthorpe the chapel is at the rear of the emergency department on C floor. At Grimsby it’s at the rear of the hospital, on the ground floor, near the physiotherapy department. In Goole the Chapel is on the ground floor, (turn right at the end of the main corridor and it is on the right). At certain times the access to the Grimsby chapel may be locked, please ask security for access.
Regular acts of worship take place in the chapels – details are advertised on chapel noticeboards. All are welcome to services in the chapel, irrespective of faith tradition and it is the policy of the chaplaincy that Holy Communion is offered to anyone who wishes to receive. Worship is also arranged for celebrations throughout the year (i.e. Christmas, Easter, Harvest Festivals etc) Chaplains also provide bedside sacramental and pastoral care to those who are unable to attend chapel services.
Multi faith provision
The Chaplains are experienced in working with people of many different faiths and have contacts with the leaders of different faith traditions. If you would like to see a representative of a particular faith while you are in hospital, please contact the chaplaincy office, who will seek to make arrangements for you.
Prayer rooms are also available at each hospital for use by patients, visitors and staff. In our Grimsby and Goole hospitals the prayer rooms are situated next to the chapels. In Scunthorpe the prayer room is situated at the end of the corridor near the Cliff Gardens hospital entrance. If the door is locked, the code is available from switchboard or security.
The chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers regularly visit wards throughout the hospitals. Patients can request a visit from a chaplain by asking ward staff or family to contact the chaplaincy on their behalf, or by directly contacting the chaplains themselves. The chaplaincy team provides an out of hours on-call service for part of the week. The hospital switchboards hold details of chaplains who are on call and will contact a chaplain in the case of an emergency.
An information leaflet describing chaplaincy services and means of referral should be offered to all patients on admission to care.
Remembrance books are kept in glass cases in the chapels. Names of loved ones who have passed away in hospital can be inscribed in these books – please contact the chaplaincy office if you would like to have a name inscribed in one of the books. Scunthorpe and Grimsby Chapels have two Remembrance books each, one for adults and one for children/babies. If you wish to view a particular page in the Remembrance Books, please contact the chaplaincy a week in advance on 03033 302489.
Trust Lead Chaplain is Revd Charles Thody, who is based in the Scunthorpe office, but visits all three hospitals on a regular basis. Revd Harry Smart is full time Chaplain at Scunthorpe and Shane Linford is the full time Chaplain at Grimsby. Terrie Young is the Chaplaincy Team Secretary, based in the Scunthorpe office.
We are indebted to a group of volunteers who assist the chaplains in their work in all three of the hospitals. Some volunteers assist with the facilitation of chapel services, escorting patients to and from chapel and accompanying during the service and others regularly visit wards.
There is always a need for additional volunteers – if you feel you could help by becoming a chaplaincy volunteer please contact Revd Charles Thody on 03033 302489.
All volunteers are subject to the normal procedures for the appointment of hospital volunteers and are given appropriate training.