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Westmead Hospital

Pastoral Care

Time in hospital can be uncertain, lonely and even scary. Our chaplains are here for you and your loved ones during this time.

Our friendly team is made up of full-time and part-time chaplains representing different faith traditions.

If you would like to speak with a chaplain, please ask your nurse to contact our department or leave a request in the box outside our department door.

If you would like to see a chaplain of another denomination of faith, or a chaplain who speaks a community language, please ask the Pastoral care staff and our team will do our best to organise it.

Contact information

Phone IconPhone: (02) 8890 5083
SMS: 0437 842 315

 

Location IconLevel 2, near the AB lifts
Westmead Hospital

Hours of service: A chaplain is on call 24 hours, 7 days a week

The Westmead Pastoral care team share prayers, videos and messages of hope on a dedicated Westmead Hospital Chaplaincy Every Day Facebook page.


Hospital chapel & Islamic prayer room

Westmead Hospital Chapel entry
Westmead Hospital Pastoral Care services Chapel entry

Our hospital chapel is located on Level 2 near the AB lifts. There is also balcony access from level 3, opposite A3C ward.

The chapel is a quiet space for prayer and reflection. It is always open.

There is a prayer book located in the chapel foyer. Here you are welcome to write your prayers and intentions. Our chaplains say these prayers in the weekday services.

There is an Islamic prayer room on level 2, near the library.


Worship & prayer services

A Catholic Mass is celebrated each Sunday at 11.15am and at 12 noon on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Chapel.

A non-denominational Christian prayer service is conducted from 8.45am - 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Chapel.

Islamic prayers are offered in the Chapel on Fridays from 1.15 pm with occasional variances.

The Sacrament of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) is brought to Catholic patients every Sunday from 9am. If you would like this, please contact a chaplain before 8.30am on Sunday or leave a request at the chaplains’ department.


Quotes and reflections

The highest form of love is the love that allows for intimacy without the annihilation of difference.

- Parker J. Palmer

Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.

- Parker J. Palmer

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

- Mahatma Gandhi

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

- Mahatma Gandhi

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

- Nelson Mandela

It always seems impossible until it's done.

- Nelson Mandela

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

- St Francis of Assisi

Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

- St Francis of Assisi

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

- Maya Angelou

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

- Maya Angelou

It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.

- Dalai Lama

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.

- Dalai Lama

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

- John 13:34

Know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.

- Matthew 28:20

Know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.

- Matthew 28:20

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.

- Khalil Gibran

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.

- Khalil Gibran