It is quite a new venture for hospital chaplaincy to be inclusive of all
faiths and have chaplains available representing all the major faiths to offer help.
Previously only Christian chaplains were available. As I have spent quite a lot of time at the hospital visiting my mother this year, a few months ago I visited the chapel one day just to see what it was like. I happened to meet the chaplaincy manager, we got talking and somehow it turned into a job interview! Consequently I have now been given the post of Buddhist Chaplain for Cardiff and The Vale NHS, based at the University Hospital of Wales, Heath, Cardiff. I have a fancy badge. They've spelt my name and chaplaincy incorrectly, but never mind. I am a 'bank' chaplain – only called out if a Buddhist chaplain is requested. So I may never actually do any work. I hope I can be of help to people though I also hope that there are not any people who need help – if you see what I mean.