Spiritual support and hospital chaplains

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Spiritual support and hospital chaplains

The chaplaincy service provides a 24-hour service, seven days a week.

Hospital chaplains:

  • offer spiritual care to all who seek it
  • help people explore and discover purpose, meaning and hope
  • offer the ministry of reconciliation with self, others and God
  • offer sacramental ministry (e.g Holy Communion, anointing) scripture readings, prayer and other religious services on request
  • connect you with a member of your own denomination or faith if you wish
  • are available to patients, whanau and staff     

Chaplaincy assistants (volunteers) are trained to help our chaplains in their work.

Contact a chaplain

Please ask ward/clinic reception staff to request a chaplain for you.

Alternatively patients can call ext 8793, if unattended leave a message and the call will be returned.

Our chaplaincy team

  • Gaynor Lincoln 
    Interim Rotorua Hospital Chaplain
  • Mrs Miyoko Hammersley 
    Catholic Chaplain
  • Rev Jacqui Leyden 
    Taupō Chaplain
  • Alison Lamberton
    Chaplaincy Administrator 

 Chaplaincy assistants (volunteers)

  • Allen Foote
  • Juleen Foote
  • Peter Lindop
  • Dick Everts
  • Sally French
  • Daniel RikiRiki
  • Kathy Horgan
  • Timothy Lee
  • Susan Cooper
  • Damian Robertson
  • Marian Allom
  • Sharon Stuart
  • Mary Wright

Chapel and services

The chapel is located on the ground floor of Rotorua Hospital beside the Children’s Unit. It is a quiet peaceful setting overlooking Mount Ngongotaha.

The chapel is open during the day. After hours it can be opened by contacting the switchboard.

The chapel is frequently used by people coming in to pray or simply to sit in quiet reflection.

There is a book for people to write prayers in if they desire, and the chaplain offers these prayers to God.

Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions services are currently on hold.

To contact a Chaplain please ask a staff member. Alternatively you can call the hospital directly (Rotorua 07 348 1199, Taupō 07 376 1000) or contact Chaplaincy Administrator Alison Lamberton.