Spiritual Support

Chaplain and patient

We have a large team of chaplains at Lewisham Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, and their message is simple: If you think they can help, call them today.

How to contact the Chaplaincy Team

Chaplains are available 24/7 in both our hospitals. You can contact a chaplain either:

  • By asking a member of staff on a ward or in a department
  • By contacting the reception
  • By calling the Switchboard

University Hospital Lewisham

The Chaplaincy at Lewisham can be contacted on 020 8333 3299

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Chaplaincy at Greenwich can be reached on 0208 836 6831

Spiritual Spaces in Our Hospitals

The Chapel at Lewisham Hospital

The Chapel at Lewisham Hospital is in the middle of the Waterloo Block. It is rather hard to find, but if you walk towards the Catford end of the hospital (behind the old Reception), look for the middle door in what is pretty obviously an administrative building. Walk through the door; the Chapel is the first door on the right. Please feel free to use the Chapel. It is available from first thing in the morning until about 6.30 in the evening.

The Quiet Place at Lewisham Hospital

We also have a multi- faith room at Lewisham Hospital. This is called The Quiet Place. It is on the main corridor of the hospital, on the ground floor, just along from the (new) A and E and the Main Reception desk and opposite New To You, the Friend’s shop. The Quiet Place is only easily available to members of staff. However, if you are a member of the public simply go to Main Reception and ask for a member of the Security staff to let you in. He or she may have to stay with you - for security reasons - but they will not disturb you and allow you a reasonable amount of time.

The Prayer Room at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Hospital has its Prayer Room which can be found on the ground floor, on the right of the corridor and to the left of the Main Entrance. Like The Quiet Place it is a multi-faith (and no faith) room. And like The Quiet Place you will find prayer mats, books and pamphlets that will, hopefully be useful to you. Prayers of different religions are said regularly in the Prayer Room. Check the Noticeboard for days and times. The Prayer Room is part of the Chaplaincy. If you want to speak to a Chaplain at QEH simply knock on the door or leave a note and one of us will try to help you.


What Can the Chaplaincy Team Do for You?

It may seem at first to be a rather odd suggestion. You might well ask, what on earth can the Chaplaincy do for me?

Good question.

The answer is that the NHS is committed to what is known as holistic care; that is the care of the whole person.

Most obviously hospitals like Lewisham and Woolwich deal with physical needs like mending a broken leg or doing something about a dodgy heart valve.

However, staff also try to address mental needs such as the stress that can come with treatment or the strain that can come from modern life.

Part of that strain might come from how we live or where we live.

These things come under the heading of the social aspects of life.

These different aspects of being a whole person are vitally important.

But, if we are really going to care for the whole person other aspects have to be considered too.

We have to take into account our emotional well-being, our spiritual well-being and our religious well-being – even if our understanding of religion does not neatly pop us into a convenient pigeon hole!

A broken leg will not only hurt physically it will hurt emotionally - especially if it is the most recent of a series of unexpected incidents.

A dodgy heart valve will, almost certainly, affect us emotionally. We might think that we are in a more difficult place than we actually are!

Emotional stress can lead quickly to spiritual stress when we start to question our understanding of what life is and what life is about. Our sense of self- worth, our dignity and our values can all be undermined. All of this can be made worse by the sense of isolation that many people experience when there are admitted to a hospital.

And, for the person used to going to a church, a mosque, a synagogue or a temple, that broken leg or the dodgy heart valve is most certainly going to disrupt their pattern of life – even if only for a short time.

The Chaplaincy might not be of much help in mending the leg or replacing the heart valve but it can help with all of the other aspects of illness.

Why? Because Chaplain are paid to give their time, to listen and to be there when things have to said or- just as often- when things can’t be said because there are no words. And that is not just at sad and difficult times. It goes for wonderfully joyful times such as the birth of a longed- for baby.

The members of the Chaplaincy represent most of the major religions and we are pretty good at listening to folk who have no religion or whose faith is a bit `rusty`.

We are here to help everybody…patients, families, carers and staff alike.

 So…if you think we can help…call us. Or, at least, ask a member of staff to call us.

You never know, the Chaplaincy might be able to help!


Chaplain Team Leader

The Trust Chaplain and Team Leader is The Revd Kevin Parkes .

You can email Kevin at kevinparkes@nhs.net and he will respond as quickly as possible.

The Chaplaincy at Lewisham can be contacted on 020 8333 3299

The Chaplaincy at Greenwich can be reached on 0208 836 6831

Spiritual Spaces

Find our spiritual spaces on a map:

Map of Lewisham Hospital

Map of Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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