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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alert Coronavirus / COVID-19

If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please find information on our services and visiting restrictions in our COVID-19 section.

Patients and visitors must wear a face covering in our hospitals.

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We're here for everyone.

June 2021 - COVID-19 update

We are able to offer visiting Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 4.00pm, and some out-of-hours visiting.

It is possible at times for a Chaplain to visit some COVID-19 patients, depending on which ward they are in.

Where a Chaplain cannot visit, we can speak to patients, relatives or staff by video apps on smartphones or by telephone.

Please ask the staff caring for you or your relative/friend to contact a Chaplain.

Laminated A5 prayer cards for different religions/denominations are also available on wards.

Daily Blessings

Listen to our Daily Blessings on the Radio Cherwell Listen Again page and on Radio Cherwell's Twitter.

(You will need to use a browser like Google Chrome, rather than Internet Explorer, to access the Blessings on the Radio Cherwell page.)

Chaplaincy candle

On weekdays at 12 noon a Chaplain will light a candle in at least one of the chapels / prayer spaces in our hospitals, in memory of those who have died, their families and friends, and for our staff.

At the same time other team members, wherever they are, light a candle and join the prayer.

At the link below you can find the prayers we will say when we do this.

Our candle - order of service (pdf, 393 KB)

Although only a couple of people can enter the chapel / prayer space, you may be able to stop for a moment at 12 noon wherever you are, and remember.

Lighting a candle can be a religious act, but is equally poignant for anyone wanting a moment to stop and think.

About us

The Chaplaincy team includes representative ministers from the major Christian and Muslim faiths. We work with faith advisors and trained volunteers from a wide range of faith backgrounds and traditions, to provide respectful and comprehensive spiritual care to all our patients, families and staff.

We can offer advice on cultural and religious issues and concerns related to all aspects of hospital care. We can also contact local or nominated ministers, priests or faith leaders for you or your family members.

Need to talk?

Coming into hospital for any reason, or visiting somebody who is in pain or distress, can be an unsettling experience. Questions, fears and anxieties can affect your wellbeing and ability to adjust to the demands of illness and treatment.

We have time to listen

Chaplains are integral members of the healthcare team, employed to care for the pastoral and spiritual needs of the whole hospital community - regardless of their beliefs.

We offer confidential, professional support and pastoral counselling in a friendly and unhurried manner.

Although we regularly visit the wards, we may miss you, or you may be busy when we call in. Please ask your nurse if you would like us to call again.

Our team

Sarah Sewell

Sarah Sewell

Lead Chaplain

Geoff Morgan

Geoff Morgan

Graham Sykes

Graham Sykes

Monawar Hussain

Monawar Hussain

Cara Heafey

Cara Heafey

Quiet spaces

Spaces for prayer and worship are available on all sites.

John Radcliffe Hospital

  • Chapel / prayer room, main corridor, Level 2
  • Smaller prayer space, LG2, West Wing

Churchill Hospital

  • Quiet space opposite WH Smith, main entrance, Surgery and Diagnostics
  • Chapel / prayer room close to OCDEM, access via old main entrance, Car Park 4
    Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice
  • Chapel / prayer room on the main inpatient ward corridor

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

The Sanctuary: a prayer space on the first floor

Horton General Hospital

Chapel / prayer room on the main corridor

All prayer spaces are kept open 24 hours a day. Resources are available for people from all faith backgrounds and traditions, including prayer mats and a selection of spiritual reading.

Religious services

  • Chaplains are available to pray with, or for, patients and families.
  • The Christian sacraments of communion / mass or anointing the sick at the bedside are available on request (however we regret we are unable to provide this service safely to COVID-19 patients).
  • Religious ministry from all faith traditions can be arranged on request.
  • Details of weekly services for congregational prayer are advertised on the notice boards outside each chapel / prayer room.
  • Online interfaith prayers

Staff support

Chaplains are available for confidential staff support, informal listening, pastoral debriefing and education.

Visiting ministers and faith leaders

Please see our guidance for visiting ministers and faith leaders at the link below.

Guidance for visiting ministers and faith leaders (pdf, 218 KB)

Contact us

Tel: 01865 857 921 (non-urgent messages and referrals)


If you need to contact a Chaplain outside of normal office hours, please call the hospital Switchboard and ask for the on-call Chaplain.