Spiritual Care
About Us

The Spiritual Care Department is here to care for the spiritual, pastoral and religious needs of patients, staff, and relatives of all faiths (and of none).  We can put you in touch with faith leaders of all backgrounds from within the community as well as offering a listening ear if you want to talk to someone about things that might be worrying you during your hospital stay.  It is as important to look after our spiritual needs as it is for our physical needs to be taken care of.

If you would like a Chaplain to visit please ask ward staff to pass on your request or contact us direct. There are volunteers who visit the wards each day; some of these assist by giving Holy Communion. They, along with members of staff, can also call a Chaplain if you would like one of us to visit you.

Weekly services are held at Whiston Hospital in the Sanctuary as follows:


From 16:20 Roman Catholic Mass


13.00-14.00 Roman Catholic Exposition

Bedside Communion is available for all patients on request on any day of the week.

The Sanctuary is also used as a Multi Faith Prayer room, especially on Fridays (13.00-14.00) for Muslim Prayers.

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Senior Team Members

Head of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services & Free Church Chaplain

Revd Jamie Hartwell

Anglican Chaplains

Revd Paul Taylor

Mr Mel Finney

Free Church Chaplain

Rev Chris Girvan

Part time Free Church Chaplain

Carol Walsh

Roman Catholic Chaplains

Revd Sean O'Donavan

Christine Jones

Frank Reppion

Father Peter Fox

Sister Eileen O'Riordan

We also have a large team of volunteers who assist with visiting on the wards, with Services and with the administration of the sacraments.

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​Whiston – The Sanctuary (opposite Ward 1E), Yellow Zone, Level 1

St Helens – The Sanctuary (opposite Diabetes centre), Orange Zone, Ground Floor

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Contact Us

Office Phone 0151 430 1657 - if no one is available to answer the phone there is an answer machine which can be used for all non-urgent messages.

Bleep - for all urgent calls for a Chaplain - through the switchboard on 0151 426 1600

​There is always a duty chaplain available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Please specify if you need a Roman Catholic Chaplain.​

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Other Information

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Latest Update

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Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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