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NHS Support

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact us all in Suffolk, The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, Martin Seeley, has set up a personalised support service for NHS staff of all faiths and none.



From 10.00am Friday 10 April, NHS staff can call this number to talk to a vicar or minister with a background and training in chaplaincy, healthcare or community engagement offering a wealth of experience helping people at this different and stressful time. They can offer:

  • Pastoral support: providing a ‘listening ear’, offering support through conversation, personal reflections and similar.  
  • Spiritual support: where appropriate prayer, faith-based discussions and practical resources such as the Church of England online ‘light a candle’ service, and inclusion on the diocesan prayer diary.
  • Signposting: to practical resources.

Bishop Martin says: “I cannot imagine the uncertainty and apprehension, in the midst of the courage and determination, that you must be bearing for your patients, your colleagues, their families and, indeed, for yourself as you and they respond to situations and have to make decisions you never imagined facing. I realise that you may find yourself experiencing a degree of fear that you have not experienced before, not just about your and others’ safety, but about the consequences of unprecedented decisions you are having to make.  As a society we must understand and support you in this new context in which you and your teams have to make agonising decisions exercising your clinical judgement, compassionate care, and the greater good” 

If you wish to submit a prayer request please email: and we will pray for you the next morning.

At this critical time in our nation’s history we want you to know you are not alone as you carry out your vital daily tasks on the front line.


Downloadable resources for this service:

Poster | PDF

Leaflet | PDF



The service is confidential within the bounds of normal safeguarding procedure, call teams are DBS checked and have completed Leadership Safeguarding training. This call is not a formal confessional and any disclosures will need to be declared to necessary authorities.  Calls will not be recorded.

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