The Dudley Group is committed to the spiritual care of patients and their relatives.
As part of this commitment, our Chaplaincy Service aims to help facilitate the spiritual care of patients and their visitors and to make provision for any religious needs they may have.
The Chaplaincy team sees healthcare as fundamentally an activity that enables people to re-establish a whole that was broken, to become ‘not-separate’. In many instances, this means making new connections, or broader connections, to a reality that may have to include illness and suffering, the success or failure of treatment, even dying, death and bereavement.
Many people who are in hospital find that it is a time that is very different to normal life. It may be a time of uncertainty, of questioning what is important and of coming to terms with issues they have not faced before.
This time may bring to the surface many feelings, feelings that may be difficult to cope with and sometimes a little overpowering. Sharing these thoughts and feelings can often help us to be healthier, although opening up is not always easy.
Our Chaplains, from various faiths and are available during working hours to offer confidential support and spiritual care to our patients, their visitors and our staff.
If you would like support from one of our Chaplains, please telephone or call in to the Chaplaincy office, ask at Main Reception or ask a member of staff to refer you to us. Messages can also be left in confidence on the office answering machine.
The Trust has a Prayer Centre at Russells Hall Hospital which is open at all times.
The motivation behind the Prayer Centre is to create an environment in which people – patients, visitors and staff – can find somewhere that will lead to internal peace, an encounter with the self and the spiritual dimension of life.
There is very little furniture, few staff, no beds, no monitoring equipment and only the faintest murmur of the bustling workplace outside.
It is a place that invites and challenges us to stop and to simply exist for a moment in time and space. It is a stationary snowglobe in which the wild flakes that fly about within and around us may be allowed to settle.
The Prayer Centre has four distinct areas:
The Main Area
The main area is an open space for those with religious beliefs and those with none to come and pray, to contemplate or to simply be still.
Love and prayer come from the same place and often precede any one belief.
However you pray and whoever you pray for, please feel free to write in the Prayer Book if you would like to.
The Prayer Room
Times of all services in the prayer centre are shown on ward notice boards.
Please respect all areas within the prayer centre so that there will always be sacred spaces at Russells Hall Hospital.
Please remove your shoes when entering the Prayer Room if attending for Friday midday (Muslim) prayers.
The prayer room has ablution facilities and is often used by Muslim patients, visitors and staff.
The chapel has a Christian altar, tabernacle and symbols.
The Peace Garden
The peace garden is available for quiet contemplation, it can be accessed from outside of the prayer centre, and is open during the day time.