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Hospital Chaplin

Peter Watchorn, a member of Christ Church URC, was one of two new ward chaplains for Broomfield Hospital recently commissioned at a service in the Faith Centre at the hospital conducted by the Revd Canon Jenny Tomlinson. This followed a six month period of training for their new role.

The two new ward chaplains have now joined the thirty plus others who volunteer as ward chaplains and Eucharistic ministers at Broomfield. They support the work of the full-time chaplaincy team by providing a regular frontline presence on the wards. Peter has been assigned to one of the elderly care wards, reflecting his past experience in this area. He now makes weekly visits to talk to patients and staff offering support and encouragement.

The role of a ward chaplain is to:

introduce the chaplaincy service to patients and act as a point of contact for staff;

engage in pastoral conversations where invited;

find out if the patient has any particular religious or spiritual needs or requests;

refer the patient onto the NHS Trust chaplains for follow up spiritual care as necessary.

Peter says he has found his new role both a privilege and a challenge. Fortunately the ward chaplains are well supported in their ministry, not just with the initial training, but also with ongoing learning opportunities. There is corporate daily prayer and worship in the Faith Centre, regular support groups and Quiet Days.

Anybody who would like to know more about the work of the hospital chaplaincy team should contact Peter via




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