The Chaplaincy Department offers pastoral, spiritual and religious care and support to patients, their relatives, friends, carers, and members of staff throughout the Trust.

The chaplaincy service is available at all times of the day and night, including weekends and Bank Holidays. The Chaplains respond to specific referrals. In addition, they routinely visit the wards and approach patients with no agenda, but meet the person in a one-to-one conversation. The conversation may include reference to spirituality and/or religion, but only when appropriate to the person sharing the encounter.

The employed chaplains are supported by volunteer ward visitors and Roman Catholic Eucharistic Ministers who visit specific wards regularly.

The Chapel – Harrogate District Hospital

The Chapel is located on the ground floor of Harrogate District Hospital, near Littondale Ward. It is open 24 hours a day for the use of all, whether for prayer or quiet reflection, or simply as a place of stillness in the busy hospital. There is the opportunity to light a candle in the Chapel and/or to leave a prayer on the Prayer Tree just outside the Chapel.

Chapel Worship

An inter-denominational service (including the Sacrament of Holy Communion) takes place in the Chapel at 11am each Sunday. For patients who cannot attend the service, but who wish to receive Holy Communion, the Chaplains will be pleased to attend at the bedside by request.

The part-time Chaplain at Ripon Community Hospital is able to offer Holy Communion there, by request.

How to request a visit

If you would like a chaplain to visit, please leave a message on the office answer-phone, or for an urgent response, please telephone the hospital switchboard and ask for the duty chaplain to be called.


The Chapel is located on the ground floor of Harrogate District Hospital, near Littondale Ward.


Chaplaincy Team Leader: Revd Darren McClintock

Chaplains: Revd Adam Clayton and Revd Diane Lofthouse

Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr Chris Willis

Chaplain for Ripon Hospital: (to be updated soon)