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. 

What services are available?

A chaplaincy service is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Urgent requests to be seen will be dealt with immediately,

less urgent matters will be responded to in a timely manner.

Where is the service provided?

Fairfield General Hospital

The facilities listed below are always available (24 hours a day – every day)

A Christian chapel is available to all who wish to pray or be quiet.

A Prayer Room is available with a dedicated space for women to use; this is regularly used for Muslim Prayer. People of other faiths are welcome to use the facility.

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

The Royal Oldham Hospital

A Christian chapel is available to all in the Chalmers Keddie Building for those who wish to pray or be quiet.  Due to its location, this facility is only open between 6am and 6pm each day.

We also offer a Prayer Room with a dedicated space for women to use, which is open 24 hours a day, every day; this is regularly used for Muslim Prayer. (D Block, near the Garden Entrance).People of other faiths are welcome to use the facility.

Rochdale Infirmary

The Oasis Multi-Faith Room is a quiet space that is available for all (located on the top floor).

There is also a Muslim Prayer Room with a dedicated space for women to use. 

This facility is open access from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.  

Access is also available with a staff card or via security at all other times.

Salford Royal

For details of chaplaincy services at Salford Royal - please visit https://www.srft.nhs.uk/about-us/depts/chaplaincy/

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
  • The Royal Oldham Hospital and the Floyd Unit – 0161 627 8796

Religious Services Available

Fairfield General Hospital

Muslim Friday Payers are led by a member of staff in the Prayer Room.

Please see the notice on the noticeboard in that area for details.

Please note Social Distancing is being maintained.

The Royal Oldham Hospital 

Muslim Friday prayers are led by Chaplain Numan Ahmed and other staff members.

Please see the notice on the noticeboard in that area for details.

Please note Social Distancing is being maintained.

Christian Services on Hospital Radio

The following Christian services are broadcast on hospital radio:

Royal Oldham Hospital

10.25am every Sunday morning on Radio Cavell: Hospital Radio