Chaplaincy-Spiritual Care

The Chaplaincy-Spiritual Care Team is here for everyone.

We are a multi-faith, multi-denominational team who offer spiritual and religious care to patients, staff, visitors and volunteers. You do not have to think of yourself as ‘religious’ to make use of our service.

Some people may value the opportunity to talk to someone about what is happening to them and how they feel about the changes they may be facing.

For many patients, being ill and/or experiencing a trauma of some kind can turn their world upside down. It can challenge their identity – who they are, how they see themselves and their relationships.

Our aim is to enhance patient and carer experience and offer support to staff.

What is spiritual care?

Spiritual care doesn’t have to be religious.

Spiritual care is about valuing and respecting who people are, whatever their religion, culture, background, gender or sexuality.

The spiritual care team at St George’s have no agenda or tick lists. Instead, we aim to simply be there, to support patients, relatives and staff alike through both the extraordinary and the ordinary.

Our team

The Chaplains:

St George’s University Hospital

  • Laura Hunt – Head of Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care
  • Rev. David Kwakye-Saka Healthcare Chaplain
  • Agatha Arthur-Bossah– Healthcare Chaplain
  • Fr Mark Higgins– Roman Catholic Chaplain
  • Sr Tram Nguyen – Roman Catholic Chaplain
  • Imam Suliman Gani– Muslim Chaplain
  • Saida Mohamed-Mourched – Muslim Chaplain
  • Pauline Dawkins, Healthcare Chaplain.

We offer

  • Support for you, your relatives or friends.
  • Time and space to explore your thoughts and feelings.
  • A caring, sensitive and non-judgmental ear.
  • Religious care in response to your individual needs.
  • Support for staff.

Weekly events and services in the Spiritual Care Centre at St George’s

  • Wednesday 11.00 to 11.30 am – Refresh’ a time of Christian worship and reflection (an inclusive service for all)
  • Monday to Friday 12 noon – Mass (Roman Catholic)
  • Sunday 1.30pmm – Mass (Roman Catholic)

Services of Remembering

Chaplains organise a variety of services of remembering each year to remember those who have died. These include: pregnancy loss, neonatal, paediatric and organ donation services.

The services are designed for those of all faiths and none. Family members, alongside staff from various disciplines often take part in the services. Attendance numbers strongly suggest that this is a very worthwhile service, offering people a space to remember people who have died in a sensitive and supportive way. Whether it is through the lighting of individual candles, writing messages or placing ribbons on the memory tree, these are emotional and moving occasions. Following each service there is an opportunity for people to stay for refreshments. This can be an important moment for families to meet each other and share their experiences of loss.

Our next service of remembering is the our Neo Natal Unit on Sunday 12th November in the Spiritual Care Centre at 2.30pm.

Mindfulness and mediation

Staff wellbeing and support is extremely important to us in the Spiritual Care team. We are here to support staff just as much as patients, their families and friends. On Mondays staff support offers a mindfulness session and on Wednesdays we have a half hour meditation session. These are both well attended and very much valued by staff.

 A place of welcome and community building

The Spiritual Care Centre is always open and our aim to create a space where people feel free to come in, whether for peace and quiet, reflection or prayer. Our aim is to make it a space where the hospital community can meet, for talks, events, music, art, food, mediation, as well as the more traditional religious services.

Further information and resources