About us

Our acclaimed Chaplaincy team is made up of qualified representatives from all the faith communities that live in and around the Bradford area.

We care for ALL – for patients, their families, loved-ones and for staff.

We are trained and experienced listeners and would be pleased to visit any patient of any faith, as well as those who find faith difficult and have no faith.

We offer spiritual and pastoral care 365 days a year. Our chaplains are present on site seven days a week between 8am and 5pm, and are on call and able to visit in urgent situations outside those times.

  • We won’t judge, we won’t pry, we won’t impose
  • We will listen, we will care
  • We are here to be there for you

Chaplaincy facilities

  • Christian chapel
  • Muslim prayer room for staff with wudhu facilities
  • Quiet rooms (for staff only at present)

These facilities are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for private prayer and quiet.

Currently, because of coronavirus, the following limitations are place:

  • Muslim prayer facilities and separate quiet rooms are available for staff only
  • No formal services or congregational gatherings are possible in any of these facilities

Pastoral support for patients and their family/loved-ones

All chaplains present on site can visit ANY patient to provide general pastoral care. We can facilitate specific spiritual and religious support. We can support family members and loved ones if they are struggling in any way whilst the one they care about is in hospital.

If you need help with a spiritual need or a religious question we can advise and discuss. Please contact us.

Request a visit?

If you would like to see a Chaplain during your stay, please ask the ward staff to contact the appropriate Chaplain for you or phone us on 01274 365819.

Do you have to be religious to be helped by a Chaplain?

No – Chaplaincy essentially provides pastoral care. We’re here to help to support people as they think and talk about anything that is affecting them by being in hospital. Some people we chat with have a faith, many don’t, but all have spiritual needs.

Members of the Chaplaincy team visit wards and departments regularly but will also visit particular patients and relatives on request.

Patients’ families and staff also talk to our chaplains about a range of subjects, not only religious ones. Being in hospital can be boring or difficult or emotional or frustrating. Talking to a Chaplain helps people to offload and process these things.

We care for ALL: patients, family, carers and staff.

We won’t intrude. We will listen. We are here to be there for you.

Who we are

Contact details

If you have any questions about any faith, please contact the Chaplaincy Department on 01274 365819 or email Chaplaincy Administrative Officer Dawn Arnison at: dawn.arnison@bthft.nhs.uk

The Chaplaincy Service is available Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm. All chaplains can be contacted via the office on 01274 365819. Alternatively, please email: chaplaincy@bthft.nhs.uk

There is an answering machine on which non-urgent messages can be left. However if you need to contact us out-of-hours, please contact the Trust’s main switchboard number on 01274 542200. There is some out-of-hours emergency cover (4pm Friday to midnight Sunday) which covers the Muslim and Christian faiths, and can be accessed via the switchboard number.

The Chaplaincy Department also have contact with some other faith representatives who they can call upon when requested. Please contact the Chaplaincy Department for further information.

Find us

The Chaplaincy Centre at Bradford Royal Infirmary is located on the ground floor. Turn left after entering the hospital via the main entrance and follow the signs for the Chaplaincy.

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