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Chaplain Service

 

The function of the Chaplain Service is to help patients and their relatives to identify their spiritual needs and resources that affect their disease and hospitalization, to discover and/or search anew for their hopes when facing serious health crises, and to receive spiritual support/consolation during the care at the hospital.

The functions of the Chaplain Service are implemented by fulfilling the following tasks determined by the areas of services:

to assess the spiritual values and needs of patients and their relatives, as well as spiritual wounds, to perform professional, documented pastoral and spiritual interventions;

to help patients and their relatives to search for and/or discover anew their spiritual resources as an important part of their treatment and recovery process;

to make sure that patients and their relatives are provided free possibility to continue their religious practice, which helps in overcoming uncertainty, stress and suffering;

to provide pastoral and spiritual consolation to patients and their relatives when facing grief, loss and mourning;

to provide pastoral and spiritual support to medical personnel in case of stress and spiritual inner turmoil related to the care and treatment of patients;

to help patients and their relatives in taking crucial decisions, assessing theological and spiritual aspects of this decision, for instance, when facing issues related to the end of life, etc.;

to protect the rights of patients in the area of spiritual, cultural and psycho-social values, and in the way they affect the response of the patient and his/her support system to the care;

to educate patients and/or their relatives on different spiritual aspects of issues related to the care and possible resources;

to participate in the constant improvement of organization quality and quality of the departments.

The Chaplain Service ensures the following:

  • care in case of mourning and loss;
  • risk examination – identifies persons whose religious/spiritual conflicts may hinder recovery or adaptation;
  • crisis interventions/stress reduction;
  • solving of communication problems between the patient, his/her relatives, and medical staff;
  • mobilization of outer and inner support resources of the patient;
  • help to the staff in case of personal crisis and work stress;
  • institutional support during crises and organizational changes;
  • practical help of the commune and mobilization of support for patients/their families;
  • organization of rituals related to baptism, marriage, dying, and other important events of life;
  • organization and conducting of divine services, prayers, meditations, benefactions, and consecration of departments;
  • pastoral care and advice;
  • organization of visits of a priest/pastor from the parish of the patient or his/her relatives.

All the persons staying in in-patient departments have the right to request spiritual care, as well as to refuse from it, regardless of whether they belong or not to any particular confession. Chaplain’s visit is included in the patient’s care plan upon the recommendation of any person involved in the treatment and care process.

Chaplain’s visit may be requested in person as well:

  • upon admission to the hospital;
  • at the attending physician in the department;
  • at the head nurse or nurse on duty of the department;
  • by contacting chaplains;
  • by arriving to the chaplain’s office in the in-patient department.

At the wish of a patient, the chaplain will participate in the conversation with the doctor, nurse, social worker or in the council.

Currently, chapels are available in in-patient departments “Gaiļezers”, “Latvian Oncology Centre”, “Biķernieki”, “Linezers”, and “Centre of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases”.

In the In-patient Department “Gaiļezers”, the chapel is located in the administration corridor on the 2nd floor. It is open every weekday during working hours. The Holy Mass of Roman Catholic Church is organized on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 19:00 in the small conference hall on the second floor.

In the In-patient Department “Latvian Oncology Centre”, the chapel is located in the lobby on the 1st floor. It is open all the time. The Holy Mass of Roman Catholic Church is organized on Tuesday of the second week of every month at 19:00 in the chapel. 

In the In-patient Department “Biķernieki”, the chapel is located in the administration building on the third floor. It is open during chaplain’s working hours. The Holy Mass of Roman Catholic Church is organized on Tuesday of the fourth week of every month at 18:00 in the chapel.

In the In-patient Department “Centre of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases”, the chapel is located in the lobby on the first floor. It is open during chaplain’s working hours. The Holy Mass of Roman Catholic Church is organized on Wednesday of the fourth week of every month at 15:00.


Workers and contacts:

In-patient Department “Gaiļezers”

Inese Lūse, Head of the Chaplain Service, certified chaplain of the Association of Professional Health Care Chaplaincy of Latvia, certificate of the Association of Professional Organizations of Medical Persons of Latvia.
Telephone: 67042728, mob. 29520532 (Tele2)
e-mail: inese.luse@aslimnica.lv
location – chapel in the corridor on the 2nd floor

In-patient Department “Latvian Oncology Centre”

Jurijs Meijers, certified chaplain of the Association of Professional Health Care Chaplaincy of Latvia, certificate of the Association of Professional Organizations of Medical Persons of Latvia.
Telephone: mob. 29116132 (Bite)
e-mail: anitabirojs@inbox.lv

In-patient Department “Linezers”

Jurijs Meijers, certified chaplain of the Association of Professional Health Care Chaplaincy of Latvia, certificate of the Association of Professional Organizations of Medical Persons of Latvia.
Telephone: mob. 29116132 (Bite)
e-mail: anitabirojs@inbox.lv

In-patient Department “Biķernieki”

Kristīne Vanaga, certified chaplain of the Association of Professional Health Care Chaplaincy of Latvia, certificate of the Association of Professional Organizations of Medical Persons of Latvia.
Telephone: mob. 26563337 (LMT)
e-mail: kristine.vanaga@aslimnica.lv
Location – chapel
The chaplain is available on Mondays and Wednesdays.

In-patient Department “Latvian Infectology Centre”

Kristīne Vanaga, certified chaplain of the Association of Professional Health Care Chaplaincy of Latvia, certificate of the Association of Professional Organizations of Medical Persons of Latvia.
Telephone: 67014781, mob. 26563337 (LMT)
e-mail: kristine.vanaga@aslimnica.lv
Location – Department No 11, Room No 25
The chaplain is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

In-patient Department “Centre of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases”

Milda Kempe, member of the Association of Professional Health Care Chaplaincy of Latvia
Telephone: mob. 29372788 (Bite)
Location – chapel or office in the lobby on the first floor.

The chaplains of our hospital specialize, i.e., intensively work in particular clinics/departments in close cooperation with medical staff, specializing in the fields of the departments.


Last update: 2014.08.28 - 21:20