The Rt Revd Paul Bayes has today made a visit Liverpool Women’s to licence Revd Petra Elsmore as Chaplain to Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
Petra will work alongside Father Peter Morgan, Revd Francis Bowman and Revd Geoffrey Adams, to co-ordinate the Chaplaincy Service at Liverpool Women’s. Together they will complement the work from all denominations and faiths.
Revd Petra’s license from the Bishop will grant her his authority to perform her religious and sacramental duties, including communions in the hospitals chapel and offering of Christenings.
Bishop Paul said “the spiritual support of patients and staff is so important for many people’s health and wellbeing. Many at Liverpool Women’s Hospital experience the extreme highs and lows of life and having a chaplain to guide them through the big questions is a gift from God. I am delighted to licence Petra into this role. Bringing spiritual depth and pastoral concern Petra will complement the work of the patient experience team. Chaplains are at the forefront of the church’s work to make a bigger difference in people’s lives and I pray for Petra as she starts this important role”
Within the Liverpool Women’s chaplaincy service Petra will offer patients and staff spiritual care and support, often at critical points in their lives.
Said Petra "It is a great privilege for me to take on the role as a chaplain at this hospital, to be alongside patients and their families and the amazing staff team."
The chaplaincy services can be a very important part of a patients journey, in happy times and some sad, a Chaplain can be vital in supporting patients in making sense of a situation they may face.
Chief Executive Kathryn Thomson said: "a warm welcome to Revd Petra to Liverpool Women’s chaplaincy, we look forward to working with you and the care and support you will provide to our patients”