The Chaplaincy Department


Over the years the term chaplaincy, its history and its meaning have been discussed at length. The term chaplaincy is not affiliated to any one religion or belief system and to that end modern healthcare chaplaincy is a service and profession working within the NHS that is focussed on ensuring that all people , be they religious or not have the opportunity to access pastoral, spiritual or religious support when they need it.


There is growing body of evidence that appropriate spiritual care has an immediate and enduring benefit for those utilising chaplaincy in these situations.


The basic role of a chaplain is to be involved in the provision of holistic care – that is care which includes not only a person’s physical health but also social, emotional and spiritual health or well-being.


Chaplains are there to provide help and support to a diversity of people. Such support may focus on the emotional or spiritual adjustment to illness or on an individual’s search for meaning and purpose during a difficult time. Chaplains are regularly involved in offering support during crisis situations as well as on-going care and encouragement during recovery.


Ministry to patients is the Chaplain’s prime responsibility but care and support for relatives and friends is another important part of the role. The hospital staff is another area of pastoral responsibility for the chaplain.




Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has a multi faith chaplaincy and has representation from all major faiths.


Chaplains will always respect your faith and your viewpoint. If you wish to see a chaplain from your own faith group, we will try to facilitate this.


Chaplains are available for urgent spiritual or religious need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


The Chaplaincy team is led by a Lead Chaplain supported by substantive and volunteer chaplains from all major faiths.


Team members are:

Mohamed Seedat – Lead Chaplain

Neil Craine – Deputy Chaplain

Jean Hurlston – Church of England

Jack Hemsworth – Church of England

Sr. Colette Iles – Roman Catholic

Pradip Upadhyay - Hindu 

Contact Us

The Chaplaincy can be contacted on 0161 922 5333 (leave a message if telephone is not answered) or the Hospital Switchboard on 0161 922 6000 and ask for the on-call chaplain.

Staff can contact the team on your behalf.

Email us on


Together with patients we are available for families, friends and carers. We offer an on-call service 24 hours a day 7 days a week.


Chaplains now cover all the wards on a weekly basis. However, if you require the service of a chaplain please ask a member of staff who will contact the on-call chaplain.




For those who wish to take time to pray and reflect, there are two multi-faith prayer rooms in the Ladysmith Building with resources there for different faith communities. It is available to all patients, staff, relative and visitors and open 24hours for quiet personal space.

No faith-specific symbols are kept on display, but resources and artefacts are available in the cupboards for the use of all as needed.

Ablution (Wudu) facilities are now available in one of the rooms.



Religious services that take place in the multi-faith prayer rooms include:



  • Bedside Holy Communion is available for anyone requiring it – please ask staff to contact the chaplain
  • Sunday Service is held at 2.00 p.m. on a weekly basis in the Chapel located in the Ladysmith Building. f you would like to attend please mention it to the visiting chaplain or ask a member of staff to contact the team.

    If you would like to attend please mention it to the visiting chaplain or ask a member of staff to contact the team.



The multi faith prayer room in the Ladysmith building has a dedicated Wudhu facility and a screen for ladies who utilise the prayer room. Prayer mats and Quraans are available.

  • Jummah Salaah times are as follows:


1:15pm Khutbah

1:20pm Salaah


1:20pm Khutbah

1:30pm Salaah





We are here to help people during periods of suffering, uncertainty, loss and fear. We are here to be with those who often find themselves asking questions about what is important in life.

When a loved one dies we may need someone to talk to. Often this support comes from family and friends. But sometimes it helps to talk to someone who is independent.

Chaplains are available for you and your family and will always be there for you and your family, and to listen.



Chaplains are often called out to the Maternity ward for baby blessings.

The Muslim chaplain is available to perform the Athaan for babies. Please contact switchboard on 0161 922 6000 and ask for the Muslim chaplain.



A short service of Remembrance is held every year on the 11th November starting at 10.50 at the Hartshead South reception. All patients, staff and visitors are most welcome.

 Memorial Service

A memorial service will be held for all the loved ones that have passed away in this hospital on the ‘last Sunday in October at 2pm’ in the Chapel, Ladysmith Building.


All are welcome to attend.



A Baby Memorial Service is held on the ‘third Sunday each November at 2pm’ at the United Albion Church, Ashton under Lyne. Refreshments are served after the service, which also provides an opportunity for families to speak in a relaxed environment with the midwives or members of the Chaplaincy Team if they wish.



In appreciation of the hard work and dedication for hospital staff a Thanksgiving Service is held ‘on the last Sunday in September at 2pm’.

All are welcome to attend.



Each December a drop-in service is held for the Cancer support group and led by a member of the chaplaincy team. Together with patient’s, family, friends and staff are welcome to attend.



A Carol service, open to all is held at the Hartshead South reception each December (see Events for date) at 1.00 p.m.



Carol singing on the wards led by the chaplaincy team is held on Christmas Eve. Patients who are in Hospital over Christmas really appreciate the love and care shown to them by this simple act of sharing our joy.


Upcoming events

  • Thanksgiving Service:

Date: Sunday 25th September 2016

Time: 2.00 p.m.

Place: The Chapel; Ladysmith Building

  • Memorial Service:

Date: Sunday 30th October 2016

Time: 2.00 p.m.

Place: The Chapel; Ladysmith Building

  • Remembrance Day Service:

Date: Friday 11th November 2016

Time: 10.50 a.m.

Place: Hartshead South Reception (next to Costa)

  • Baby Memorial Service:

Date: Sunday 20th November 2016

Time: 2.00 p.m.

Place: United Albion Church, Stamford Street East, A-u-L.

  • Carol Service:

Date: Wednesday 14th December 2016

Time: 1.00 p.m.

Place: Hartshead South Reception (next to Costa)

  • Carol Singing:

Date: Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December 2016

Time: 6.15 p.m.

Place: Hartshead South Reception (next to Costa)