Chaplaincy services

The Chaplaincy team offers support to patients, relatives, and staff whatever their faith or belief, whether religious or non-religious.

The Hospital Chapel sign hangs on the wall outside the Chapel

Chaplains provide a supportive, non-judgmental confidential listening ear to all and supporting any pastoral, spiritual or religious need including provision of particular religious ceremonies such as a blessing and baptism.

As a discipline and professionals within the NHS, we respect the feelings, beliefs, and values of every individual.

Chaplains can help with the deep concerns which affect us all as human beings relating to values, purpose, meaning, and identity. Spiritual care explores issues around life, death, meaning, hope and important relationships.

We do not offer formal counselling, but we are experienced listeners, especially in times of crisis and need.

Get in touch

Call the Chaplaincy Office on
01226 435751

Email the Chaplaincy Office on

Meet the team

Together, as a multi faith team we work across all faith traditions by providing two whole-time and three part-time chaplains and trained volunteers.

Please note that the Chaplaincy office is not staffed at the weekends or Bank Holidays.

Connie Ashton Lead Chaplain
Rev Cornelius Kachere Hospital Chaplain
Abdul Aziz Muslim Chaplain
Marian Skiffington Hospital Chaplain
Father Peter Iwuoha Roman Catholic Chaplain

Spiritual and Religious Support

Chaplains can provide:

  • A listening ear
  • Religious support through prayer (general, specific i.e. before operations, end of life prayers)
  • Sacramental and religious care; Holy Communion, anointing, pastoral care, emergency baptisms, Last Rites
  • Naming and blessing services for babies 
  • Emergency relationship blessings or blessing at marriage ceremonies during a critical time.
  • Liaise with local faith leaders on your behalf, when requested
  • Support for your faith/spiritual needs and beliefs
  • Access to religious literature (Holy Bible, Noble Qur’an,)
  • Comforting presence at times of distress and anxiety and reflect upon loss, grief and new identity after injury/accident
  • Support and lead funeral services for baby loss in the hospital
  • Bereavement support

Support for staff

We are here to support staff just as much as patients, their families and friends.

  • Staff Support
  • Bereavement support
  • Memorial service following a colleague's passing

Chapel Services – all are welcome

Tuesdays, Roman Catholic Mass at 1.30pm.

Wednesdays, Staff Only Reflection (drop-in sessions) 12pm-1pm

There are occasional services that are held throughout the year

Christmas Carol service, Armistice day, Barnsley children and babies memorial service offering people a space to remember their loved ones in a sensitive and supportive way. Whether it is through the lighting of individual candles, writing messages and placing them on the memory tree, these are emotional and moving occasions.

Whilst in hospital

Ask a member of staff to refer you to the Chaplaincy Department, or call us on Extension 5751 from within the hospital, or 01226 435751 from outside. If your call is not urgent, you can leave a message on our answer machine.

You are welcome to use the Chapel. The Chapel open 24 hours a day and is a quiet space for all those who need to be still for a while. 

If you are mobile and permitted to leave the ward, you can visit the Chaplaincy Department (office hours 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday). Please note that the Chaplaincy office is not staffed at the weekends or Bank Holidays. If needing a Chaplain urgently please ask staff to contact the hospital switchboard.

You can email us at: 

We have Chaplains available 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday. 

In an emergency, nursing staff will contact them through the switchboard.

NHS Chaplaincy Video - Information for staff

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