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About Us

We're here for you - hello from the Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team

We are pleased to have this opportunity to let you know something of the support that is available to you, through our team, while your child is in hospital.

We offer a listening ear and sensitive support for those of any faith and for those who do not have religious beliefs, always respecting your own life situation.

The help we offer is confidential, non-judgmental, sympathetic and often practical. For some this will be support for religious needs such as prayers, a service of blessing or baptism or helping you make contact with your faith community. For others it might be a chat, a safe place to share concerns, explore questions or reflect on decisions. For many it will mean support by just being there at their times of need.

In addition to the chaplains, our experienced volunteers visit the wards once a week and offer help to parents and relatives. If you would like a chaplain to visit they can also arrange this for you.

A place of peace and quiet

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There is a multi-faith space, The Sanctuary, on level 4 for people to come and have some time out and be still with their thoughts and concerns. In this room there is a book in which you can write your thoughts and prayers and also several resources that you may find helpful. These include a copy of the Bible, the Koran and holy books from other faiths, various artefacts and also Muslim prayer mats. You can also find out which faith festivals are taking place during the month and there is a book with information on local contacts and meeting places for all the major faith traditions.

The Sanctuary is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Although there are no religious services as such held there, there is a service of Holy Communion every Wednesday in the Bristol Royal Infirmary Sanctuary and also corporate Muslim Friday Prayer.