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Chaplaincy & 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 affected by concerns, fears or beliefs.

Someone is always available to offer emotional support and/or religious care to patients, carers and staff.  This service is available 24/7 for urgent needs and on the next working day for non-urgent issues.

We provide:

Emotional Support

• Does not include religion (unless requested)

• Focus on emotional comfort and peace

• Can address inner fears

• Uses some stress reduction techniques

• Only addresses issues raised by the patient

• Offers links to other services if desired

Religious Care

• Available from people licensed by your religion

• Part of the NHS

• Bedside prayers and sacraments

• Prayer rooms and chapels on site

• Religious text available

• Links to community faith groups


How do I contact the service?

You can ask any member of staff or call one of the numbers below:


Please ring the hospital switchboard and ask for the Chaplain on 0161 624 0420.

Non-Urgent Enquiries

Please contact one of the site offices listed below:

Fairfield General Hospital - 0161 7783568

North Manchester General Hospital - 0161 7202990

The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and Floyd Unit - 0161 6278796

Team Coordinator - 0161 7785259


When is the service available?

A full chaplaincy service is available Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. However, we will always be available for emergencies and urgent needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What facilities are available?

Fairfield General Hospital

A chapel is available to all who wish to pray or be quiet. This facility is open 24 hours. We also offer a prayer room with a women's area, which is regularly used for Muslim prayers. This facility is also open 24 hours.


North Manchester General Hospital  

Christian chapels (Roman Catholic) - St Lukes and St Raphael are available on the main corridor in D block. We also offer Muslim prayer rooms – a male prayer room on the first floor between A & B Block and a female prayer room – first floor on C block. 

A Jewish Shabbat room is available on the main hospital corridor in D block.

All these facilities are open 24 hours. 

Rochdale Infirmary

The Oasis Multi-Faith room is quiet space that is available for all. We also offer a Muslim prayer room with a women’s area.  This facility is open access 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday. Access is available with a staff card or via security all other hours.

The Royal Oldham Hospital

A Christian chapel is available to all in Chalmers Keddie for those who wish to pray or be quiet. This facility is open 6am – 6pm due to its location. We also offer a Muslim Prayer room with a women’s area, which is open 24 hours.



Religious Services Available

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 

An Ecumenical Communion Service is held every Monday at 12.15pm in St Luke’s chapel (please phone the site office to check on 42990).This service is open to all.

A Christian service is broadcast on Northern Air Hospital Radio every Sunday at 9am. 

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

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

The Royal Oldham Hospital 

Christian worship is held every Sunday in the chapel in Chalmers Keddie at 10.30am and broadcast on Radio Cavell.

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


Christian services on hospital radio

The following Christian services are broadcast on hospital radio:

North Manchester General Hospital – 12 noon every Sunday morning on Radio Northern Air (recorded previous week at the Royal Oldham Hospital)

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