NHS Trust Chaplain
  The Rev Canon Tim Mercer

In the South London Healthcare NHS Trust Chaplaincy Team, this week, 1.8 chaplains work for 18 sessions of 3.75 hours and share an on-call rota for 24/7. Twelve chaplaincy volunteers work with the chaplains across this week. A sub-team of Roman Catholic chaplains and volunteers work similarly. Visiting ministers from the community provide care; some refer patients to the Chaplaincy.

Sunday: 11am Holy Communion in Chapel: six regulars are joined by three patients, one in a wheelchair.  The Church of England Reader, licensed to the Trust, welcomes people and preaches. A local Methodist Church member accompanies a patient to chapel; this person is anointed during prayer for healing.

Monday: The hospital week takes off at full throttle. Chaplaincy team meets. Visiting lists for wards: some introductory visits to all patients; some individuals requesting care. A few bedside Communions still to do. A 'very ill' list is updated.  Catholic visiting lists are prepared. 1.30pm on another site, a bereaved patient has requested a short funeral liturgy. He is unable to attend a relative’s funeral. This takes place within Prayer during the Day (Common Worship) led by team members in a room chapel.

Tuesday: 10.30am Induction for new staff: I give a ten minute PowerPoint presentation concerning chaplaincy, within Human Resources section. 11am Sacrament of the sick needed - Catholic Chaplain called in by nurse. 3pm A visitor writes a thank you note in the Chapel visitors' book.

Wednesday: 10am Chaplain on duty and organist arrange music for small staff memorial service with a manager, who is to give a tribute. Chapel booked. Notice put up. 6.30pm I am paged to the Intensive Care Unit to support relatives and commend a patient before treatment ceases, following consultation.

Thursday: 11am On-call Chaplain paged: guidance needed about an emergency marriage. She discusses the process. The nurse arranges a visit by a doctor and contacts the registrar. Required letters are prepared. The marriage proceeds in single room decorated by staff. 1pm I attend Local Research Ethics Committee at Bromley Court Hotel; buffet lunch. In a study about accessing services, a researcher is asked to arrange for an interpreter to be available to focus group members being studied.

Friday: My day off. 11am Chaplaincy volunteer, visiting with a trainee, talked to a distressed relative in the office. 1pm Friday Prayers for Muslim staff in combined chapel and prayer room. 3pm Chaplain on duty visits bereaved parents and blesses their baby, as requested.

Saturday: I am off duty, but some preparations for Sunday. Begin to organise a hospital contract funeral for a person with no relatives.

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