Chaplaincy Service

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust chaplaincy service can be contacted on telephone number 01273 696955 extension 4122 or you can ask your child’s nurse for further information about the service or for a Chaplaincy leaflet. If you have an urgent need to see a chaplain, the nursing staff can arrange for the on-call chaplain to be called day or night.

The chaplains can provide spiritual and emotional support for parents/carers/guardians and children and young people of all faiths, as well as those who do not have a particular religious belief but would like someone to talk to.

The chaplaincy service is based in the main Royal Sussex County Hospital. The Reverend Canon Peter Wells is the full-time chaplain and he is supported by two part-time chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers.

The chaplains have contact with many different faith communities, including Jewish and Muslim in the Brighton area. Representatives from these faiths can be contacted in response to individual patient/parent/carer or guardian requests.

On Level 6 of the Alex is the Oasis which is an area that offers a quiet retreat for reflection, prayer and relaxation at any time of the day or night for parents, carers, guardians and families. There are a variety of books, leaflets and religious items to support visitors to the room. The Oasis room is furnished with carved oak benches, and has a selection of prayer books and religious resources from different faiths, such as rosary beads and foot washing facilities. The chaplaincy team provides guided meditation and relaxation sessions in the Oasis on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

There is also a Victorian chapel on the first floor of the Barry Building located in the Royal Sussex County Hospital, which is open to everyone day and night. On the same floor towards the front of the building is a dedicated Muslin Prayer Room.

Chapel Services:

Sunday communion at 10am

Muslim Services:

Friday prayers at 1.15pm. Muslin Prayer Room, 1st Floor, Barry Building

Oasis

The Oasis provides a quiet retreat for reflection, prayer and relaxation at any time of the day or night. A dedicated room that is tucked away on Level 6 of the RACH, it offers parents and children the chance to chill or re-charge their batteries.

The Oasis room is furnished with carved oak benches, and has a selection of prayer books and religious resources from different faiths, such as rosary beads and footwashing facilities. The chaplaincy team, which is always available to patients and the parents and carers, runs guided meditation and relaxation sessions at the Oasis on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.