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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - 70 years of the NHS


The Cumberland Infirmary

The key purpose of the Hospital Chaplaincy is to help patients, visitors and staff to respond to their spiritual and emotional needs in general and to their experiences of life and death, illness and injury in particular. This includes pastoral and spiritual care for people regardless of their religious connections, or none, and religious care within the context of an individual's own faith community.

The Hospital Chaplains are employed by the NHS and the team also includes a number of volunteers appointed by the Trust. The Chaplains can be contacted at any time, day or night, by leaving a message on 01228 814090 or by contacting Ward Staff or the switchboard. Requests for Holy Communion, Baptism etc. or simply a ‘listening ear’ should be referred to Ward Staff or the volunteer visitor.

The Infirmary Chapel and Quiet Room are available day and night, as places for quiet reflection and private prayer. The Chapel is situated on the First Floor in the Yellow Zone near to Children’s Ward. There is a regular Christian act of Worship at 10.30am on Sundays and every Friday, Muslims gather between 1 and 2pm for prayer.

West Cumberland Hospital

The Chaplaincy Team is a part time ecumenical team comprising of Anglican, Roman Catholic and Free Church Chaplains who aim to provide for the spiritual and pastoral needs of the hospital community, namely the patients, relatives and members of staff of all denominations or none.

The Chaplaincy aims to offer a "ministry of availability" to all and to offer a listening ear, care and support in a sensitive and confidential environment to help people during their stay in hospital. Visits take place on the wards and prayers for healing and the Sacrament of Holy Communion are available on request. All part time Chaplains visit the hospital on a regular basis, but arrangements can also be made for anyone to contact their own Chaplain if they wish. The Chaplaincy Team can also be contacted in an emergency day and night via the nursing staff.

The Chapel is for the use of all who enter or visit the hospital, in whatever capacity, as a place for quiet meditation and private prayer and is situated on level 6 (accessible by lift) in a quiet and peaceful part of the hospital. It is a real oasis of calm and quietness in an otherwise busy and frenetic atmosphere. Occasional and special services are held in the Chapel especially at festival times and we remember babies and children who have died, at an annual Memorial Service in November.