Chaplains in Health Services and Hospitals


Chaplains are here to listen, to support you and to ensure that you have access to the appropriate Pastoral, Religious, Belief or Spiritual support that is important to you. Our team are from diverse backgrounds and we will always try to support you in the way that is best for you. The services provided by the Chaplaincy service are available to those who require them, at any point during a patient’s hospitalisation and care, to their family members and to any member of staff working in the Trust.

Who we are

Head of Department: Rev’d Capt Katie Watson

Chaplains working across the Trust:

  • Mrs Emma Barker
  • Rev’d Craig Bentley
  • Mr Jeremy Bernstein
  • Rev’d Fiona Collin
  • Rev’d Nigel Goodfellow
  • Rev’d Paddy Jackson
  • Imam Abdullah Kola
  • Fr Mariadass
  • Rev’d Claire McClelland
  • Rev’d Richard McLaughlin
  • Rev’d Sam Quilty
  • Imam Ali Rahman
  • Mr Aharon Sandler
  • Rev’d David Shaw
  • Mr. Jaswinder Singh
  • Rev’d Huw Sperring
  • Mr. Nayankumar Vyas

Contact us

To get in touch with a member of our chaplaincy staff you can: 

  • Ask a member of staff to contact them on your behalf.
  • Contact the on-call Chaplain yourself directly on 0191 244 8129 (8.30am to 4.30pm).
  • Ask our Switchboard staff on 0191 233 6161 to telephone the on-call Chaplain for you (4.30pm – 8.30am).
  • For non-urgent referrals only, please email



Chaplain – Reverend Katy Francis (Anglican)

Katy works Monday to Friday 8am -4pm and some Sundays (whole time)

To contact Katy please call 0191 219 1000 or email her on

NORTHUMBRIA HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST CHAPLAINS (covering general hospitals within North Tyneside and Northumberland)

Switchboard for General Enquiries and to be connected urgently to the on-call duty chaplain: 0344 811 8111


Please make all non-urgent referrals to chaplaincy by telephoning:

Direct Line: 0191 607 2270 (The Northumbria Emergency Care Hospital, Cramlington. Chaplaincy Office)

Please remember Chaplains may have to cross sites or come in from outside the Trust especially between 16:00 and 08:00.

Chaplains serving across the Trust are:

Chaplaincy Team Leader

  • Revd Graeme Harrison Tel: 07920412493

Chaplains serving across the Trust within / across different hospitals:

  • Revd Elizabeth Brown
  • Revd Robert Muir
  • Fr Sebastian Thekkeyil
  • Revd Dorothy Robinson
  • Revd Chris Clinch
  • Revd Liz Edwards
  • Mrs Janice Robinson
  • Revd Andrew Patterson
  • Revd Alan Hughes
  • Revd Neil Wilson
  • Revd Stephen Boulter

Chaplaincy Office contact numbers:

The Northumbria Emergency Care Hospital, Cramlington: 0191 6072270

Wansbeck General Hospital: 01670 529690

Hexham General Hospital: 01434 655075

North Tyneside General Hospital: 0191 2934268




St George’s Park, Morpeth (SGP)

Northgate Hospital, Morpeth (NG)

St Nicholas Hospital, Gosforth (SNH)

Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle (CAV)

Walkergate Park Hospital, Newcastle (WGP)

Ferndene Children & Young People’s Centre, Prudhoe (FD)

Community Mental Health Services across the whole diocese (Cumbria, Northd, T&W)


It is also possible that patients from the Newcastle Diocesan area will be cared for in our hospitals in Carlisle and Sunderland, but the same chaplaincy contact applies. Chaplains are available to advise clergy and parishes about their care for those suffering from mental illness.


Email contact is preferred:

If you need to contact by telephone, Main Chaplaincy Office: 0191 246 7282.

For emergencies, contact the Switchboard 0191 246 6800 and ask for the on-call chaplain.


Chaplains working in the Newcastle Diocesan area:

Chaplaincy Team Leader:

  • The Revd Dr Neil Cockling 0781 052 8169 (SNH, CAV, T&W)

Deputy Team Leader:

  • Miss Marian Bell 0776 879 6907 (SGP, NG, Northd)

Clinical Lead Chaplain:

  • The Revd Clare Connors (Anglican) 0734 208 6525 (CAV, SNH, T&W)


  • Mrs Diane Armstrong (Anglican) 0797 379 3025 (SGP, Northd)
  • Ms Sheryl Haw (Anglican) 0742 378 4365 (Cumbria: Alston community)
  • Sister Teresa Kinnoch 0782 447 5880 (WGP, T&W)
  • The Revd Stewart Watts 0797 042 0903 (FD, Northd: Tynedale)
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