Welcome to our BOPDHB Chaplaincy Service

The chaplain is a health care professional; the clergyperson is a religious leader; the chaplain tends to the spiritual needs of all the patients; the clergyperson tends to the religious needs of his or her congregants" (Driscoll, 2003, p.4)

The chaplaincy team offers confidential compassionate support in times of stress or loneliness; before and after surgery, for people experiencing loss and bereavement and around matters of faith and illness as well as celebrating the joys of life.  They are available for prayer, blessings and church sacraments.

Chaplains are available for patients, staff and relatives throughout the week. They are on site from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm from Monday to Friday and on-call for the remainder of the time. There are also Volunteer Chaplaincy Assistants who visit wards on a voluntary basis each week.

We acknowledge that sometimes events can happen that trigger responses in us that we didn't expect.  If you would like to talk with one of us please let a staff member on the ward know to make contact with us. We have a private room available and our work is entirely confidential and non-judgemental. 


There are no Chaplain led services until 1 September due to the impact of Covid and the inability to get patients to the chapel.  In the meantime we are recording a weekly service.  We have prepared a short devotional for our patients and staff.


This week's service

For those of you who would like to watch the video externally, copy and paste the following link into your web browser - https://vimeo.com/444405269

Videos of short devotions & communion

Click onto each of the devotions listed below to be taken to the videos

A short devotion - Broken

A short devotion - Faith in the midst of pain

A short devotion - Our stories

A short devotion - Silence

A short devotion - Love

A short devotion - Rest




Shelley Gilmore
Lead Ecumenical Chaplain, BCouns,
Monday to Thursday, Ext 8295

Rev. Matiu Best
Ecumenical Chaplain, RCPN Diploma in Nursing, Tuesday to Friday, Ext 8735

Leanne Brooks
Catholic Chaplain,
Monday/Friday mornings, Ext 8295



Peter Lander
Ecumenical Chaplain
Monday to Friday, Ext 4877





Last updated: August 6, 2020