Introducing the Chaplaincy

Welcome to the Cardiff and Vale Chaplaincy Team

Hospital Chaplains provide spiritual care to the hospital community. They take their place alongside the multi-disciplinary team which seeks to provide holistic care for patients and those close to them. 

Spiritual care is that care which recognises and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, ill health or sadness and can include the need for meaning, for self worth, to express oneself, for faith support, perhaps for rites or prayer or sacrament, or simply for a sensitive listener.
The service we offer is confidential and non-judgmental and is available to everyone. We work in a multi-faith context, but it’s not just about religion, because even people of no religion, atheists and agnostics sometimes need a listening ear, and Chaplains have time to “be there.”
The wholetime Chaplains are: Rev Eric Burke, Rev Dr Avril Dafydd-Lewis, Rev Peter Davies, Rev Dr Trevor Williams. Part time Chaplains are: Rev Brother Brian Butler, Pastor Carolyn Castle, Rev Len Hawkes and Rev John Rowlands.
World Faith Chaplains include: Muslim, Imam Tariq Ahktar, Imam Ali Omar: Sikh, Mr Paramjit Singh.
Chaplains are supported by our Team of about 50 Lay Visitors, volunteers who help with ward visiting: Lay Chaplains: and Eucharistic Ministers who help to take Holy Communion to patients.
Contact us: 
Contact us on: 02920 74 3230
Where we work
The Cardiff and Vale Chaplaincy Team provides care to the following hospitals: 
  • University Hospital of Wales (UHW), including the Children’s Hospital for Wales
  • University Hospital Llandough (UHL) 
  • Whitchurch Hospital
  • West Wing of Cardiff Royal Infirmary
  • Rookwood Hospital
  • St David’s Hospital
  • Barry Hospital
  • Velindre Hospital
  • The Marie Curie Cancer Care Centre at Holme Tower, Penarth.
There is worship space in each of these hospitals, except for Barry, Whitchurch and West Wing, where religious needs are met exclusively at the bedside.
There are currently no Sunday Services in the hospital chapels, but the chapels and prayer rooms are open throughout 24 hours for quiet meditation. Friday prayers take place in the Muslim worship areas at UHW and UHL.

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Last updated: 27 November 2012

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