Two new chaplains will be joining the Trust in September to take over vacant positions left at the Alexandra Hospital and Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre.
Reverend Guy Hewlett
Guy will be chaplain at Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre (with some responsibility at Worcester).
Guy was born in London, raised in Cambridgeshire, and studied Psychology in London. He served as a police officer for 20 years in many different roles, including a police motorcyclist and was ordained as a minister in 1996, working part time with the church and the police. He has been vicar in Harrow for a number of years. Guy is married to Jackie, a nurse and has two children, both married.
Guy says: “I love: people, journey, laughing, caring, listening, sharing, community, walking and God! I am really looking forward to working in the hospital communities. I believe the work of the NHS, and especially its staff, is something truly to be proud of. I hope my care will make a difference to the patients, their families and very importantly, the staff.”
Reverend David Ryan
“I am delighted to be the next chaplain at the Alex, providing spiritual care to patients and their families, and working with colleagues across the hospital. I am also looking forward to joining the spiritual and pastoral care team for the trust, and working with the other chaplains to provide spiritual care at all times across the three hospitals.”
David has been a minister in the Church of England for 19 years, the last nine of these as a parish priest in Worcester, building up the care the church offers both to members and the wider community. He has also had a role in the Worcester Diocese, advising and encouraging churches of many traditions to work and worship together. He is looking forward to encouraging faiths and churches to work together.
David is married to Melanie, and has three children aged 15-20. He says “We enjoy walking and cycling in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. I also enjoy rock music of a certain vintage, playing the occasional game of cricket, still, and supporting Manchester City Football Club.”
So if you see them walking around the hospital, then do please introduce yourself- they will be happy to meet you and offer support and friendship.
This is a really exciting development within the Chaplaincy for the Trust. Thanks to the support of Julie Stupart, the Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team can provide more hands on support to staff, patients and relatives. I am looking forward to working with Guy and David and continuing the work which has gone on in the past. And, of course, the will no doubt feature in the Chaplain’s Blog at http://www.revdavidsouthall.com !
There will be services at Kidderminster and the Alexandra to welcome Guy and David and dates for these will be announced shortly.
The spiritual and pastoral care team provide support for patients, relatives and staff and are available 24/7 to meet the spiritual needs of people of all faiths and none.