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At Barts Health the Chaplaincy Team enables patients, relatives and carers to meet their religious, spiritual and pastoral needs during their stay.

Use the following links to find out more about our chaplaincy services.

Providing religious, spiritual and pastoral care 

We make sure that patients, relatives, friends and staff across our sites are able to receive the support they need from representatives of various faiths. Our team consists of full-time, part-time and trained volunteer chaplains across faiths.

What support is available?

Chaplains from the three major world faiths (Christian, Jewish and Muslim) offer a wide range of confidential support and assistance to all our patients, relatives, friends and staff. We are available to people of faith or for those who are simply seeking ‘a listening ear’. People may also access local faith leaders through the chaplaincy. At the request of patients, relatives, friends or staff, we can:

  • offer a listening ear
  • be present at times of distress and anxiety
  • provide scriptures / holy texts or religious materials
  • help in the spiritual search to understand a concern or illness
  • help contact your local faith community
  • reflect upon loss, grief and End of Life issues
  • offer support on ethical and religious questions
  • offer religious support through prayer, worship, ritual or sacraments
  • advise on funeral arrangements and associated matters

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Our chapels and prayer rooms 

Prayer rooms at Mile End

The Chapel is on the first floor above Robinson Ward, and is available for patients, staff and visitors for prayer and reflection.

The Multi-Faith Prayer room is situated on the ground floor close to the restaurant. A pin number is required to enter these rooms, and is available from the reception or ward staff. Details and directions are available from ward staff.

Find out about disabled access to the Chapel at Mile End here.

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Prayer rooms at Newham

The Multi-faith Prayer Room is situated on the first floor immediately above the West entrance Zone 12 and is available for patients, staff and visitors for prayer and reflection. The room has ablution facilities. There are different religious services during the week - these are advertised on the notice board outside the Prayer Room.

Find out about disabled access to the Multifaith prayer room in Zone 12 here.

Gateway Surgical Centre – The Multifaith Prayer room is situated on the third floor on the right hand side as you enter the reception area and is available for patients, staff and visitors for prayer and reflection. The room has ablution facilities.

Find out about disabled access to the Multifaith Prayer room here.

Prayer rooms at The Royal London

The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Office / Prayer Rooms are located on the second floor at Lift core 5.

The Sanctuary is a Christian space welcoming those who wish to pray or seek a place of quiet. Times of services are advertised on the noticeboard.

The Muslim prayer rooms haveseparate prayer and ablution facilities for men and women. Worship times are displayed in the prayer room. Toilets are situated on the ground floor.

The Jewish Community Room (JCRL) is in the Multi-Faith Centre (2nd Floor) and is available for Jewish patients, families, friends and staff. A PIN number is required to enter the room, as there is a mechanical keypad. The PIN is available from the chaplaincy office (2nd floor) or from the Stepney Way ground floor reception staff. Toilets are situated adjacent to the room. This is a space where people can relax during the week, over the Sabbath and Festivals and have Kosher food and refreshments as well as a place to study and pray.

There is a Church of England Sunday service at 4pm. Everyone is welcome. Find us in the Chaplaincy, lift core 1, 9th floor. Follow signs for the renal and urology reception.


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Prayer rooms at St Bartholomew's

The Church of St Bartholomew the Less is situated inside the King Henry VIII Gate entrance and is open for patients and visitors who wish to pray, seek a place of quiet or attend a service. Service times are displayed on the noticeboards at the Church.

Patients who wish to pray should as a member of ward staff who may be able to provide you with a place to pray on your ward. Prayer mats and religious texts are available from the chaplaincy.

A Muslim prayer room is available for Muslim patients, their relatives and staff are to use for daily prayers and reflection. This is located on the 1st floor of the catering block. Ablution facilities are located within the room.

The Jewish Community Room (JCRB) is in the Catering Block (2nd floor) and is available for Jewish patients, families, friends and staff. A PIN number is required to enter the room and toilets, as there are mechanical keypads. The PIN is available from the ward staff, site managers, security and chaplaincy. Out of hours, swipe access is also needed for either stair or lift access which Security/Site Managers can provide. If they are unavailable, then ward nurses can escort people to provide this access. This is a space where people can relax during the week, over the Sabbath and Festivals and have Kosher food and refreshments as well as a place to study and pray.

Prayer rooms at Whipps Cross

The Retreat - the Chapel and the Muslim Prayer Room are part of the Retreat, situated on the first floor. The Retreat is available for patients, visitors and staff for prayer and reflection.

Take the stairs up to the first floor which are near Junction 5 - there is a wooden seat with a bronze cat at the bottom of the stairs. At the top of the stairs go through the door on the left.

The Chapel and Quiet Area are through the first door, and the Muslim Prayer Room is through the second door. Ablution facilities are available. All services are advertised on notice boards in the Retreat and throughout the hospital.

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Contact us

To contact a chaplain please ask your nurse. Those anticipating admission may alert the chaplaincy in advance of their arrival. Details on how to contact the chaplaincy department at each of our hospitals are:

For Mile End and The Royal London

Tel: 020 3594 2070

For St Bartholomew’s

Tel: 020 3465 7220

For Newham

Tel: 020 7363 8053

For Whipps Cross

Tel: 020 8539 5522 extension 5005   

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