Pastoral care

Updated 26 March 2020

Our advice to ministers, elders and deacons is in line with government advice to maintain social distancing. Therefore, pastoral work should be conducted by phone or other means of digital communication to protect the health of all concerned.

In many areas visiting in hospitals has been severely restricted and it may be more appropriate for a hospital chaplain who is onsite to visit.

It would be for staff and relatives to decide whether a visit from a minister was advisable in terms of clinical decisions.

More information about safely caring for others can be found on our safeguarding advice page.