Hospitals

Below Canon David Ryder, Chaplain to Central Manchester General Hospital describes the work of a Hospital Chaplain

At the heart of the ministry of Our Lord Jesus was his service of those in need and especially of those who were sick. As St. Mathew’s Gospel tells us: “That evening they brought him many who were possessed by devils. He cast out the spirits with a word and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah: He took our sicknesses away and carried our diseases for us.” (Mt. 8:16-17)

The Church still places providing chaplains to minister to the spiritual needs of patients, staff and visitors at the heart of its ministry. Every hospital has an appointed chaplain who regularly visits the wards and in available for all who may need him. He provides a listening and confidential ear; he dispenses the sacraments most noticeably Confession, Holy Communion and the Sacrament of the Sick. In most hospitals there is a chapel where Mass can be celebrated and patients, visitors and staff can attend.    

Chaplains will not necessarily know that a Catholic has come into the hospital and therefore it is advisable to let the chaplain know that you are there and would like a visit. You could do this before you arrive by phoning the chaplaincy office in the hospital or you can do so when you are admitted, by asking the nurse to let the Catholic chaplain know you are there. Being part of the care offered by the hospital he is readily available. In an emergency the chaplain is available day and night but where possible it is much preferable not to let an emergency develop before getting in touch with the chaplain, so that appropriate care may be offered in good time.

It is also likely that you will find extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist in the hospital helping the chaplain with the distribution of Holy Communion and also doing general visiting. 

List of Hospital Chaplaincies

Listed A-Z by hospital name

Acrrington Victoria Hospital
Tel: 01254 231754

Bealeys Community Hospital
Tel: 0161 724 1765
In case of emergency telephone the switch board 0161 764 6081 to page the priest on call

Birch Hill Hospital
Tel:01706 378261

Burnley General Hospital
Tel: 01282 423270

Christie Hospital
Chaplain: Canon David Ryder
Tel: 0161 446 3097 (office)/ 0161 446 3000 (switchboard)

Clitheroe Hospital
Tel: 01200 423307

Fairfield Hospital
Chaplain: Rev Andrew Starkie
Tel: 01706 625512

Francis House Children’s Hospice
Chaplain: Rev Thomas Mulheran
Tel: 0161 434 4118

Kemple View Hospital
Tel: 01254 248186

Longridge Community Hospital
Tel: 01772 782641

Manchester Royal Infirmary
Chaplain: Rev Laurence Gambella, Canon David Ryder and Sr Shiela Dixon
Tel: 0161 276 4247 (office)
For urgent calls please phone the hospital switchboard: 0161 276 1234

North Manchester General Hospital
Tel: 0161 720 2990 (office)
In an emergency ring swithcboard 0161 795 4567 and ask for the duty Catholic Chaplain

Rochdale Royal Infirmary
Tel: 01706 378261

Rochdale Hospice
01706 649230

Royal Blackburn Hospital
Chaplain: Revv Gerard Barry, Frank Mulgrew
Tel: 01254 733001

Royal Bolton Hospital
Chaplain: Rev David Eagan
Tel: 01204 390770

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Chaplain: Revv Laurence Gambella, David Ryder and Sr Shiela Dixon
Tel: 0161 276 4247 (office)
For urgent calls please phone the hospital switchboard: 0161 276 1234

Royal Oldham Hospital
Tel: 0161 678 7282

Salford Royal
Chaplain: Rev Francis Waterworth
Tel: 0161 206 5167

St Anns Hospice, Little Hulton
Tel: 0161 790 2104

St Catherine’s Hospice
Tel: 01775 335168

St Mary’s Hospital
Chaplain: Revv Laurence Gambella, David Ryder and Sr Shiela Dixon
Tel: 0161 276 4247 (office)
For urgent calls please phone the hospital switchboard: 0161 276 1234

Tameside General Hospital
Chaplain: Rev Simon Firth
For on call priests telephone switchboard: 0161 331 6000

Trafford General Hospital
Tel: 0161 276 1234

Woodlands Hospital
Tel: 0161 790 2104

Wythenshawe Hospital (Shrewsbury Diocese)
Tel: 0161 998 7070