Chaplaincy - pastoral and spiritual care
The hospital employs a whole-time chaplain, supported by a local Catholic Priest. With the help of our chaplaincy assistant and a small team of chaplaincy volunteers, we visit all the wards regularly. We have local contacts for all the major faiths and denominations, please contact the chaplains for further information.
The Chaplaincy Team
Our work is to care for your spiritual, religious and pastoral needs. This can be anything from helping you to follow your religious tradition, or by giving time to listen to your experience of being in hospital and offer comfort and support. We are available to all, whether of a particular faith or denomination or not.
We care for:
Your own religious representative is welcome to visit you during you stay, please contact the chaplains if you have any queries or special requirements.
Location of the chaplaincy
The chaplaincy is located in car park B, along from the restaurant. It consists of the chapel, the chaplain’s office and the sanctuary. The sanctuary is divided into a multi-faith area (with artefacts for prayer) and a relatives rest area. The facility is usually open between 8.00am and 8.00pm - if you need access outside of these times, please contact the switchboard.
A midweek service of Holy Communion is held on Thursdays at 10.00am. For Holy days and special occasions, please see the chapel notice board for details. The Christian Sacraments of communion or anointing of the sick at the bedside are available on request.
If you would specifically like to see a chaplain, please call ext 4121, (01480 364121 - if outside the hospital) and leave a message on the answer phone or email Gareth.Rowlands@papworth.nhs.uk
Alternatively you can fill in request slip from the chaplaincy leaflet on the ward or in the chaplaincy.
We endeavour to provide a full on call service, please contact switchboard (01480 830541) if you need to contact a chaplain urgently or in an emergency.
The Chaplaincy Team
Lead Chaplain: Rev’d. Gareth Rowlands
Gareth has worked extensively as a chaplain in NHS, in Wales and England, in General, Mental Health and Primary Care settings. Previously he led the chaplaincy teams in Chester and Harlow. He has been at Papworth Hospital since January 2007. He is an Anglican and is the whole time chaplain.
Contact : Gareth.Rowlands@papworth.nhs.uk, 01480 364121
Roman Catholic Chaplain : Father Marek Pabis
Father Marek is the part-time Roman Catholic Chaplain and assistant priest at Sacred Heart Church in St Ives. He normally visits on Tuesdays but can be contacted at other times via switchboard.
Assistant Chaplain: Dr. Peter Andrews
Peter is a Roman Catholic but works ecumenically in the Trust. He is joint-chair of the Patient Experience Panel in the hospital.
Chaplain Rev’d. Eddie Turner
Eddie assists the chaplaincy team, helping to provide out of hours and holiday cover.
There is a small team of trained volunteers who also visit wards regularly.
Please contact the lead chaplain if you have any multi-faith enquiries and he will endeavour to put you in touch with a local representative.
The Papworth Hospital Monthly Prayer Cycle is also available for download.
- Interfaith Calendar
- Multifaith/Multi Cultural Calendar
- UK Transplant - Religious Perspectives on Organ Donation