Health Care Chaplaincy
At the QE II Health and Science Centre
- The Rev Keirsten Wells, Coordinating Diocesan Health Care Chaplain
(902) 473-2220 pager 2911; (902) 473-4055 (Spiritual Care)
When members of your congregation come into the hospital:
- If possible, call in advance and let us know he or she is coming and wanting a visit from a chaplain
- You can also advise your parishioner to ask their nurse to contact a Chaplain and request a visit.
- When you contact us, we ask that you call the office and use the confidential voicemail or page us directly through locating (902 473-2220) to relay the information. Ask for an Anglican chaplain.
- We try not to use email for referrals because it is not a confidential communication mode.
- At appropriate times, remind your congregants that the most efficient way for their parish priest to find out they are in hospital is from them, or their family, rather than the hospital chaplains. Chaplains are only allowed to convey this information with the patient’s expressed consent, which can take some time.
- Please check out the Capital District Health Authority’s Spiritual Care Website
In case of emergencies:
- On the weekends or after hours call locating at 473-2220 and ask to have the on-call chaplain paged and they will respond and make referral to the Anglican Chaplains for follow up.
- As of January 2011, the QEII has cut the overnight On Call service. There will no longer be an On Call chaplain between midnight and 8 AM.
- In accordance with Canadian Privacy Legislation Anglican Chaplains are unable to share any information about the patients we care for without their, or their power of attorney’s, verbal or written permission. The circle of confidentiality within the hospital does not extend to clergy, or congregants outside the hospital. Our visitors, both lay and clergy, are likewise bound to this level of confidentiality and have signed documents agreeing to uphold this level of privacy of information.
- Here is the pledge of confidentiality that is signed by all our chaplains, parish visitors and community clergy.
Health Care Chaplain’s provide:
- Care in times of crisis
- Communication between patients, their clergy and parishes
- Working through fears about life and death
- Spiritual & Religious assessment & Care Planning
- Facilitation of Life Review
- Holy Communion
- Sacrament of the Sick & Anointing
- Referral to parishes for on-going care
- Representation and advocacy on the Multidisciplinary Care Team
- Spiritual Direction
- Pastoral Counselling
- Grief work
- Accompaniment through the dying process
- Funeral planning