Going into hospital
Please tell your parish priest that you are
going into hospital!
Please see the list of our local
The Chaplaincy Team currently consists of
Christian ministers from different traditions,
Church of England, Roman Catholic and Free Churches.
It operates across five sites (the John Radcliffe
Hospital, the Churchill Hospital, the Horton
Hospital and Sir Michael Sobell House) within the
Trust and is sensitive to particular denominational
and faith needs.
The essence of Chaplaincy is availability and
physical presence throughout the hospitals. A 24
hour on-call service is available to all patients,
relatives and staff whether or not they have a
religious faith. Please contact us via the relevant
- John Radcliffe Hospital: 01865 741166
- Churchill Hospital: 01865 741841
- Horton Hospital: 01295 275500
Services are held in the hospital chapels or at
the bedside of individual patients. There are
regular opportunities during the week for people to
worship and the times of services are published on
the Chapel notice boards and on the wards. Various
special services occur during the course of the year
and are publicised widely throughout the hospitals.
Click here for Chaplaincy webpage.
Click for Oxfordshire NHS
Message from our Hospital Chaplains
It is now more difficult for members of the
clergy to request information regarding your stay in
hospital, including which Ward you are in. This is
now regarded as confidential information and will
not readily be supplied to any caller without the
specific permission of the patient. Also, staff on
wards will no longer be allowed to say who is on
their Ward if people make a general enquiry.
If you are admitted to hospital and would like a
member of The Chaplaincy Team to visit you:
Please inform the Chaplaincy Department which ward you
expect to be on and when you will be there, if you know in
advance that you are going into hospital.
Specifically inform a member of the ward staff that you
would like to be visited by a chaplain ensuring that you
state which denomination you belong to. Otherwise, it could
be that you may not see a chaplain as you may be asleep,
having treatment or they may not even know you are in
Inform your relatives about your wishes concerning visits
from a chaplain if you are taken into hospital unexpectedly.
Your relatives can then notify the Chaplaincy Department
should such an event take place.
Just presume that the chaplains will hear about your stay
in hospital - they probably won’t.
Expect ward staff automatically to let the chaplains know
you are in hospital.
HOSPITALS and CHAPLAINS
The Abingdon Community Hospital
Abingdon OX14 1AA
John Radcliffe Hospital
Telphone: 01865 741166
Tel: 01865 741841
Helen & Douglas House
14A Magdalen Road
Telephone 01865728251 or 01865794749
Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice
Oxford OX3 7LJ
Tel: 01865 225860
Telephone 01865 741717
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
Didcot Community Hospital
Tel: 01235 205860
Wallingford Community Hospital
Tel: 01491 826037(Maternity) 01491