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New chaplain for Northumbria Healthcare

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
New chaplain for Northumbria Healthcare

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new team leader for chaplaincy services.

Rev Kathy Jones is the new full-time chaplain for North Tyneside General Hospital and oversees the chaplaincy services across the Trust.

The Trust’s chaplaincy team provides confidential comfort and support to people in hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside who are facing difficult situations such as living with illness, facing bereavement or life pressures.

Kathy said: “I am delighted to join the Trust and offer support to people at North Tyneside General Hospital and throughout Northumberland and North Tyneside.

“The Trust’s chaplains are available to people of all faiths or none. We understand that being in hospital may make people feel vulnerable and they may be feeling and thinking about things that they may never had to face before.

“We are here to listen, to support and to ensure that people have access to appropriate religious or spiritual support if that is important to them. We offer comfort and support through visiting people on the wards, listening to concerns and providing a quiet space away from the ward area.”

The Trust’s chaplaincy service covers all hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside. The general hospitals at Wansbeck, North Tyneside and Hexham have chapels for quiet reflection and prayer.

The Trust’s chaplaincy team offers support across the hospital and has strong links in the community with local churches, which provide volunteers to help patients attend services in the chapel, and faith leaders.

Kathy said: “We are also employed to support staff, visitors and volunteers through working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. We signpost to resources and offer training on meeting the spiritual needs of patients and providing support during bereavement.”

Kathy was ordained into the Anglican Church 20 years ago and has over 11 years’ experience in the health service as a hospital chaplain.