Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

Our chaplains provide spiritual, pastoral and religious support for all our hospitals’ patients, relatives, carers and staff.

Hospital Chapel

An admission into hospital can be a spiritually challenging time – being away from home, family and all that you hold dear, along with concerns, fears and anxieties about your health.

The vision and values of this Trust are enshrined in two words – ‘We care…’ The chaplains reflect this in offering spiritual, pastoral and religious support to all patients, relatives, carers and staff.

Chaplains and volunteer ward visitors visit all the wards regularly throughout the week. They have time to listen and offer encouragement and support to patients and their relatives and carers during their stay in hospital.

It is a service offered to all. If you or someone you know would like a visit whilst in hospital please contact the Chaplaincy office.

Chaplains are available 24/7 and can be contacted by a relative or carer, ward staff via the hospital switchboard.

The Chaplains will contact other denominational ministers and leaders of other faiths by request.


The chapels at St Richard’s and Worthing Hospitals are quiet and reflective spaces where all are welcome and can find sanctuary.

There is a designated prayer room next door to each Chapel. These are open 24/7.

  • St Richard’s Hospital:

Ground Floor of the main hospital near Ashling and Lavant wards – view map

The chapels at St Richard's and Worthing hospitals

  • Worthing Hospital:

North Wing, Ground Floor – view map

The Chaplains’ office is situated next door to the Chapel on both sites.


  • The Revd Rachel Bennett
  • The Revd David Hill
  • Una Dalrymple
  • Hazel Sherman
  • Sophie Ramsden
  • Jude Murray

    St Richard’s Tel: 01243 788122 ext 35380 or direct line 01243 831623
    Worthing Tel: 01903 205111 ext 84004

Email: uhsussex.chaplaincywest@nhs.net


Religious support

Your own minister, priest or religious leader is always welcome to visit you in hospital.

Please speak to the ward staff or a Chaplain if you would like them to arrange this for you.

If you are visiting the area, the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Support Services have contacts with many faith communities and can call on the support you may need.



Contact Details

  • Tel: 01243 788122 ext 35380 (St Richard's) or 01903 205111 ext 84004 (Worthing and Southlands)
  • Email: Chaplaincy@wsht.nhs.uk

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