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Chaplaincy Support

Please find information regarding our chaplaincy services below and support for all faiths

CDDFT serves many rich and diverse communities and it wishes to enable people of all faiths to practice their religion in hospital. As a good employer the Trust encourages its staff and not just its patients to practice their faith in ways that are respectful and helpful.

CDDFT has dedicated prayer rooms and chapels that are accessible, safe and welcoming spaces where people of all faiths and none, can pray or simply enjoy the quiet. The Trust will ensure that the prayer rooms and chapels are suitable decorated, heated and lit. The location of each chapel/prayer room is well signed and washing and toilet facilities are provided close by. Prayer rooms and chapels are open 24 hours a day however if there have to be restriction on opening because of a security problem a notice will be displayed on the door, giving details of how access can be gained.

The prayer rooms and chapels will be appropriately equipped with chairs, bookcases and places for storing religious artefacts. The chapels will have in addition an altar table, reading desk and removable cross. The prayer rooms will have in addition a shoe rack and the direction of Mecca marked on the floor or wall. Prayer mats will be made available. Scriptures of the main world religions will be provided and made available in the prayer rooms or on request from the chaplains. Chaplaincy leaflets and some basic religious texts are available in big print versions. The Trust-wide Chaplaincy Leaflet is available in an easy read version.

Users are welcome to use these facilities in ways that suit their needs and use the aids to prayer that they find helpful. However, in order for the rooms to be welcoming to all, users are asked to place the furniture back where they found it and to store aids to prayer in the places provided. Any items left out will be tidied away and any items, posters or literature deemed prejudicial to other users will be removed. All users of the prayer rooms and chapels are asked to respect the needs of other users and the quiet ethos of the rooms themselves. If someone is already using the room it is helpful if others enter quietly or perhaps return to use the room later. A full code of practice for chapels and prayers rooms is available.

All the above information has been taken from, and can be located in, the Trust Chaplaincy Policy, alongside additional information if required.

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'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we have this service at all and well done to you all.'

Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley Bridge Community Hospital