Hospitals get a new chaplain

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A NEW chaplain has been appointed for Northumberland hospitals.

The Rev Kathy Jones is the new full-time chaplain for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to provide confidential comfort to people who are facing illness, bereavement or other pressures.

She 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 a 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.”

She added: “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.”

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