Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

The chaplaincy and spiritual care team are an integral part of the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust healthcare team.  Our role is to support patients with their clinical treatment and recovery.  We listen to and support people with their personal concerns to ensure that their recovery is not adversely affected by concerns, fears or anxiety and that their beliefs are supported thereby aiding recovery.

Someone is always available 24/7 to offer emotional support and/or religious care to patients, carers and staff.  For urgent needs we will be with you within the hour, whilst for non-urgent needs we aim to see people by the next working day.

What does the service provide?

Emotional Support

  • Focus on emotional comfort and peace
  • Can address inner fears and anxieties
  • May introduce stress reduction techniques
  • Address issue raised by the patient (we do not have our own agenda)
  • Offers links/signposts to other services if desired
  • Does not include religion unless specifically requested

Religious Care

  • Available from people licensed by your religion
  • Part of the NHS
  • Bedside prayers and sacraments, if requested
  • Prayer rooms and chapels on site (See below)
  • Religious texts available
  • Links to community faith groups

Who will the patients meet?

Patients will meet a member of the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Team.  As well as specialised chaplains, we also have a dedicated team of trained volunteers, who regularly visits wards.

What services are available?

A chaplaincy service is available seven days a week, 9am – 5pm and around the clock for urgent needs.

Where is the service provided?

Fairfield General Hospital

A chapel is available to all who wish to pray or for those who just wish to be silent. 

There is also a prayer room, with a women’s area, which is regularly used for Friday Muslim prayers.  Both facilities are open 24 hours.  

A Shabbos Room is available for Jewish staff, patients and visitors.

North Manchester General Hospital

Christian chapels can be found on the main corridor (St Luke’s on A Block) and St Raphael’s (D Block). 

There are Muslim prayer facilities for both males and female on the second floor; this used to be ward G6.  This area also has a more general Spiritual Space for use by people of any belief in a side room.

A Shabbos Room, on the main corridor on D Block, is available for Jewish visitors,  patients and staff.

These facilities are open 24 hours.

The Royal Oldham Hospital

A chapel is available in all in the Chalmers Keddie Building for those who wish to pray or who just wish to be silent.  Due to the location slightly away from the main building, this is open only between 6am and 6pm. 

The Prayer Room, with female area, can be found on the Sheepfoot Lane Block, level -1, Garden entrance, and is open 24 hours. Though this is mainly used by Muslims, people of other faiths are welcome to use the facility.

Rochdale Infirmary

The Oasis Mutifaith room, located on the top floor, is a quiet space available for all.  Next to this there is also a Muslim prayer room with a female area.  This is open between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.  Outside of these hours access can be gained with a staff card or by going through security.

Contact Details

You can ask any member of staff to contact us or you can call one of the numbers below:

Urgent Enquiries

Please ring the hospital switchboard and ask for the on-call chaplain. 0161 624 0420

Non-Urgent Enquiries

Please contact one of the site offices below.  If no one is available in the office at the time, please do leave a message:

  • Fairfield General Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary – 0161 778 3568
  • North Manchester General Hospital – 0161 720 2990
  • The Royal Oldham Hospital and the Floyd Unit – 0161 627 8796

Religious Services

Fairfield General Hospital

A Roman Catholic mass is held every Wednesday at 1pm in the chapel. Muslim Friday prayers are led by a member of staff at 1pm in Prayer room.

North Manchester General Hospital

Anglican worship is generally held on Mondays at 12.15 in St Luke’s chapel (please phone the site office to check on 42990

A Roman Catholic mass is held on a Wednesday in St Rafael’s chapel at 12 noon, and Saturday at 4pm in St Luke’s.

Muslim Friday prayers are led by a member of staff at 1pm in the prayer room.

The Royal Oldham Hospital and the Floyd Unit

Muslim Friday prayers are generally led by Chaplain Numan Ahmed at 1:20 pm.

Christian Broadcasts on Hospital Radio

Lectionary readings for the week, prayers, music and hymns are broadcast each week:

North Manchester General Hospital – 9am every Sunday morning on Radio Northern Air.

Royal Oldham Hospital – 10.30am every Sunday morning on Radio Cavell.