You are entitled to a visit from a Catholic priest according to Article 9 of the European Commission on Human Rights.
The European Convention on Human Rights, Article 9 Freedom - of thought, conscience and religion states:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.”
This article is observed by NHS Patient Services Departments and on admittance to hospital it is pastorally imperative that individuals clearly state their specific intentions in order to receive the best possible and appropriate care from the Catholic Chaplain on duty.
If, during the course of your stay in hospital, you have not seen the Chaplain and wish to do so, please ask the ward sister to contact him directly.
The Chaplain at Pinderfields Hospital is Fr Duane Reilly.
The Chaplain at Pontefract Hospital is Fr Simon Lodge.
In order to make this process slightly easier for you business sized cards are now available in both our churches. These state quite clearly that you are a Catholic and would like a visit from the Catholic Chaplain. Please print your name, sign and date before keeping them safely in your wallet or purse. If your friends or family members would like a card please take one to be filled in appropriately. On the back of these cards the new contact details of our parish are printed which could be useful at any time!