Spiritual, Pastoral, and Religious Care Service
The ChaplainsThe Chaplaincy Team provides pastoral, religious and spiritual care to patients, visitors and staff at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and at County Hospital, Stafford
Provision for people of all faiths and beliefsThe Spiritual, Pastoral, and Religious Care (SPARC) service seeks to support people of all beliefs and none. You may wish to be visited by someone from your own belief community. Alternatively, we are very happy to contact someone on your behalf.This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Normal working hours are 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Sunday.A chaplain is also available outside these hours for urgent calls and referrals
Contacting the SPARC teamYou can contact the SPARC Team for RSUH & County by asking a member of ward staff or by calling 01782 676400. Staff may also obtain on-call information through Rotawatch.In an emergency you can contact switchboard on 01782 715444 and ask for the Chaplain on-call.Information about how to make an urgent referral outside normal working hours is contained in the message on the Chaplaincy Office answering machine
Patient ConfidentialityAll matters are dealt with in confidence. Patient information is always held by all NHS staff, including Chaplains, in confidence. The SPARC service has access to a very limited amount of patient information collected by the Trust. Chaplains are routinely notified of the admission and discharge of patients to enable them to arrange visits. This information provides the SPARC service with personal information such as your name, address, religion, and ward details. If you do not wish the SPARC service to have access to this personal information please contact a member of staff. The SPARC service does not access any of your treatment or clinical details.
The SPARC TeamThe team consists of Chaplains, Locums, Chaplaincy Volunteers and partners with Faith and Community Leaders. The Chaplains work together as an Ecumenical team.The Chaplains are:Rev Christine Wright – Head Chaplain, full-timeRev Leo Varquez – Chaplain, full-timeRev Vivienne Flanagan – Chaplain, full-timeFr. Michael Puljic – Chaplain, part-timeRev Alan Shaw – Assistant Chaplain, part-timeRev Deacon Melvyn Harwood – Assistant Chaplain, part-timeMiss Alison Phillips – Assistant Chaplain, part-timeMr Nimilote Rokotoro – Assistant Chaplain, part-timeRev Lucinda Shaw - Assistant Chaplain, part-timeKalsoom Dar - Assistant Chaplain, part-timeThey are assisted by a team of Locum ChaplainsThe work of the SPARC team is further enhanced by a group of volunteers who visit patients and help with services. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the Chaplaincy Office on 01782 676400.
The team is further supported by the SPARC Administrative Team:Rebecca Wilmore – Administrative Assistant, part-timeRoisin Weetman - Administrative Assistant, part-timeSpaces to reflect and prayThe Prayer Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital is located on Lower Ground 2 (near Subway and Costa Coffee).From the Main Entrance follow the signs for Lift C.The Prayer Centre is open 24 hours each day and includes:A ChapelA Mosque (with washing facilities)A Contemplation RoomThe Chaplains' Office (open 8.30am - 4.30pm every day)
Services at Royal Stoke University HospitalChapel ServicesHoly Communion - Sundays at 11am Roman Catholic Mass – Mondays at 5pmOther services can be found on the Prayer Centre bulletin boardMosque Prayer TimesFriday Jumah Prayer - 1st Jumah - 1:10 – 1:35pm - 2nd Jumah - 1:35 - 2.00pmThe Pastoral Care Centre at County Hospital, Stafford is located on the first floor of the main building between EOU and Critical Care and comprises:A Quiet Room - (Open when Chaplaincy staff are available)The Pilgrim Chapel - Open 24 hrs a day The Muslim Prayer room is located on the ground floor; from the main entrance, walk past reception and turn right, walk to the end of the long corridor and follow signs for the Muslim Prayer Room. An access code is needed which can be collected from main reception or from one of the chaplains (01782 676400).The Chaplains' are on site at county 08.30-12.30 Monday to Friday and 08.30-16.30 on SundayServices at County HospitalChapel ServicesHoly Communion - Sundays 11.00am Other services can be found on the Chapel bulletin boardMuslim Prayer Room TimesJumah Prayer - Friday 12.45pmOther times can be found on the Prayer Bulletin Board