Healthcare and Medical


One of the essential services available in the Clifton Diocese, is the Hospital Chaplaincy Service. Operating within the NHS and Private Health Care, the service seeks to provide Pastoral, Spiritual and Sacramental care to patients, their families and hospital staff. The service also supports and advises both Clergy and Laity who work or Volunteer in hospitals throughout the Diocese.The service is coordinated bt Fr Frank Wainwright who is based in Cheltenham.
The service is available for those seeking advice pertinent to chaplaincy and for guidance in Catholic health policy, health ethics and the teaching of the Church.

Nowadays, we encourage people going into hospital to ask their local Priest for the Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing) before going in to hospital. Much as we try to respond to all calls as quickly as possible, there can be times when a Priest isn’t available as quickly as a patient or family would ideally like. This situation can be avoided to some degree by being anointed in one’s home parish.On admittance to hospital, a patient should be asked their religion: if this is not done, we have no way of knowing who is in hospital.

Fr Frank meets twice a year with members of the Bishop’s healthcare advisers, which is a branch of the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales. There are also occasional meetings within the Clifton Diocese.

The Catholic Medical Association is a group for healthcare professionals and has branches in Bristol and Bath.

Diocesan Healthcare Advisor:
Fr Frank Wainwright
St Thomas More’s
Church House
Tanners Lane
GL51 0BL

Tel: 01242 573128

Hospital & Hospices of Clifton Diocese: Hospital Name Contact

Royal United Hospital, Bath St John’s, Bath  01225 464471

Bath Circle Hospital St John’s, Bath  01225 464471

Royal National Hospial for Rheumatic Diseases St John’s, Bath  01225 464471

Bath Saint Martin’s St Peter & Paul, Bath  01225 832096

Bath Clinic St Peter & Paul, Bath  01225 832096

Dorothy House Hospice Bradford on Avon Parish  01225 862739

Bridgewater General Bridgewater Parish  01278 422703

Saint Peter’s Hospice, Brentry Westbury on Trym Parish  0117 983 3926

Brentry Hospital, Westbury on Trym Parish  0117 983 3926

BIRU Frenchay, Downend Parish 0117 9833939

Bristol Southmead Hospital  01179 505050, ask to page duty Catholic chaplain

Bristol Riverside  01179 505050, ask to page duty Catholic chaplain

Bristol Corsham  01179 505050, ask to page duty Catholic chaplain

Bristol Royal infirmary  01179 923 00, ask to page duty Catholic chaplain

Bristol Spire Hospital the Cathedral Parish 0117 973 8411

Children’s Hospital, Bristol  01179 923 00, ask to page duty Catholic chaplain

Eye Hospital, Bristol  01179 923 00, ask to page duty Catholic chaplain

Dental Hospital, Bristol  01179 923 00, ask to page duty Catholic chaplain

South Bristol Hospital, Hengrove  01179 923 00, ask to page duty Catholic chaplain

Saint Michael’s Hospital  01179 923 00, ask to page duty Catholic chaplain

Emmerson Green Hospital Downend Parish  0117 983 3939

Avon & Wiltshire Psychiatric Services  0117 378 4441 Page Catholic Chaplain

Callington Rd & Fromeside Forensic Medicine  0117 919 5933 Page Catholic Chaplain

Blackberry Hill Hospital  0117 378 4441 Page Catholic Chaplain

Wickham Unit  0117 378 4300 Page Catholic Chaplain

Silver Birch Unit 0117 919 5901 Page Catholic Chaplain

The Priory, Bristol St Nicholas’ Parish  0117 909 8810

The Glen, Bristol Westbury on Trym Parish  0117 983 3926

The Chesterfield, Bristol Cathedral Parish  0117 983 8411

Burnham on Sea Memorial Hospital Bridgewater Parish  01278 422703

Cirencester Hospital Cirencester Parish  01285 652087

Cheltenham General 0300 4 222 222 and ask for Catholic Chaplain

Cheltenham Nuffield St Thomas More Parish  01242 523737

Cheltenham Sue Ryder Hospice Charlton Kings Parish  01242 524932

Cheltenham/Northleach Charlton Kings Parish  01242 524932

Chalton Lane, Cheltenham 01242 634100 and ask to call Catholic Chaplain

Clevedon Cottage Hospital Franciscans, Clevedon  01275 873205

Crewekerne Hospital Chard Parish  01460 62197

Dilke Hospital Coleford Parish  01594 833173

Devizes, Green Lane Devizes Parish  01380 723572

Devizes Julia House Children’s Hospice Devizes Parish  01380 723572

Dursley – Vale Community Dursley Parish  01453 542039

Fairford Hospital Fairford Parish  01285 712586

Frome Community Hospital Frome Parish  01373 462795

Glastonbury, West Mendip Glastonbury Parish  01458 832203

Gloucester Royal  03004 222222 and ask to page catholic Chaplain

Gloucester Wotton Lawn  01452 894500 and ask to call catholic Chaplain

Gloucester Winfield St Peter’s, Gloucester  01452 523603

Lydney hospital Coleford Parish  01594 833173

Marlborough Saversnake Marlborough Parish  01672 513267

Minehead & West Somerset Minehead Parish  01643 702201

Moreton in Marsh Hospital Chipping Camden Parish  01386 840261

Crofters Lodge Wraxall Nailsea Parish  01275 851530

Childrens’ Hospice Wraxall Nailsea Parish  01275 851530

Salisbury District Hospital Salisbury Parishes  01722 333581

New Hall Hospital Salisbury Parishes  01722 333581

Old Manor Hospital Salisbury Parishes  01722 333581

Fountain Way unit Salisbury Parishes  01722 333581

Standish Westridge Hospital Stonehouse Parish  01453 822121

Stroud Hospital Stroud Parish  01453 762442

Swindon Great Western Holy Rood Parish  01793 522062

Ridgeway, Swindon Holy Rood Parish  01793 522062

Sandlewood Centre, Swindon Holy Rood Parish  01793 522062

Taunton Musgrove Park Wellington Parish  01823 662283

Taunton Nuffield Taunton Parish  01823 272700

Taunton St Margeret’s Hospice, Taunton Parish  01823 272700

Tetbury Hospital Tetbury Parish  01666 502367

Tewkesbury Hospital Winchcombe Parish  01242 6022412

Thornbury Hospital Thornbury Parish  01454 412223

Trowbridge Community Hospital Trowbridge Parish  01225 752152

Warminster Community Hospital Warminster Parish  01985 212329

Wellington & District Cottage Hospital Wellington Parish 01823 662283

Weston General Weston Parishes 01934 627137

Cygnet Hospital, Weston Weston Parishes 01934 627137/ 621929.

Weston Hospice Weston Parishes  01934 621929

Wincanton Community Hospital Wincanton Parish  01963 34408

Yeovil District Yeovil Parish  01935 423549

Summerlands Yeovil Parish  01935 423549

South Petherton Yeovil Parish  01935 423549

Shepton Mallet Community Hospital Glastonbury Parish  01458 832203

Bishop’s Healthcare Advisor Fr. Frank Wainwright  01242 573128


Anscombe Centre:

Catholic Medical Association:

Catholic Bishop’s of England and Wales/healthcare


Caring for the Catholic Patient (C.T.S.)

Humanising Healthcare Reforms by Gerald Arbuckle S.M.

Catholic Identity or Identities by Gerald Arbuckle S.M.