The Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care team offers emotional support and/or religious care to patients, carers and staff. We’re here 24/7 to reassure and comfort.

An integral part of the Northern Care Alliance family, our role is to support people holistically with their clinical treatment and recovery.

We’ll carefully listen to your personal concerns to ensure your recovery isn’t affected by any fears or beliefs.

Someone is always available to talk to, within the hour for urgent needs and by the next working day for non-urgent issues. 

Emotional Support

  • no religious focus, unless requested
  • centres on emotional comfort and peace
  • addresses inner fears
  • uses stress reduction techniques
  • only involves issues raised by the patient
  • offers links to other services if desired

Religious Care

  • Available from people licensed by your religion
  • a recognised part of the NHS
  • offers bedside prayers and sacraments
  • prayer rooms and chapels on site
  • religious texts available
  • gives links to community faith groups

If you need to speak to a chaplain very urgently, please speak to a ward-based member of staff who’ll be able to page them for you.


Please ring the hospital switchboard and ask for the Chaplain.

For Bury, Rochdale and Oldham: 0161 624 0420
For Salford: 0161 789 7373

Non-urgent enquiries

Please contact one of the site offices listed below:

Salford Royal Hospital: 0161 206 5167
The Royal Oldham Hospital: 0161 627 8796
Fairfield General Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary: 0161 778 3568

Someone is always available 24/7 to offer emotional support and/or religious care to patients, carers and staff.  For urgent needs we will be with you within the hour, whilst for non-urgent needs we aim to see people by the next working day.

Halal and Kosher food for patients is available at all sites. Please order these through catering.

Fairfield General Hospital

The following are open to all, 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

  • a Christian chapel for all who wish to pray or be in a quiet space
  • a Prayer Room, regularly used for Muslim prayer, with a dedicated space for women
  • a Shabbos Room for Jewish staff, patients and visitors

Rochdale Infirmary

The Oasis Multi-Faith Room, located on the top floor, is a quiet space available for all.

The Muslim Prayer Room, situated on D floor adjacent to the Multifaith prayer room, has ablution facilities which are available for both men and women. It is accessible during the week from 8am until 8pm and can be accessed using a staff badge outside these hours and at weekends. A separate prayer area is available for females. Friday Prayers (Juma) is at 12:45 and is led by an Imam.

The Royal Oldham Hospital 

You’re welcome to visit our Christian chapel to pray or for a moment of quiet. Open to all, you’ll find it in the Chalmers Keddie Building. Due to its location, the chapel is only open between 6am to 6pm.

We also have a Prayer Room with a dedicated space for women to use. Located in D Block near the Garden Entrance, this is open 24 hours a day, every day and is regularly used for Muslim Prayer.

Salford Royal Hospital

The Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Centre is open 24 hours a day and welcomes patients, staff and visitors of all beliefs and philosophies. 

The Centre can be found on Level 3, Hope Building and offers:

  • The Oasis Room – a quiet space for reflection and relaxation
  • The Chapel – Christian space and resources
  • Shabbos Room – Jewish space and resources
  • Prayer Room – Muslim space and resources including ablution facilities
  • chaplain's office
  • accessible bathroom

For more information read our patient information leaflet here.

Religious Services Available

Fairfield General Hospital

You’re welcome to join us for Muslim Friday prayers, led by a member of staff in the Prayer Room.

Please see the noticeboard outside the room for details and note that social distancing is being maintained.

The Royal Oldham Hospital 

You can join us in our dedicated prayer room for Muslim Friday prayers led by Chaplain Numan Ahmed and other staff members. You’ll find us in D Block near the Garden Entrance.

Please see the noticeboard outside the room for details and note that social distancing is being maintained.

Christian services on hospital radio

Listen to our Christian services every Sunday morning at 10.25am on our two hospital radio stations.

You can tune in to Radio Cavell at The Royal Oldham Hospital or Northern Air at Salford Royal.

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