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Meet the hospital's lead chaplain, who's also a poet

Laurence Cawley

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Mark Stöbert
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Mark Stobert, lead chaplain at Addenbrooke's Hospital

Lead chaplain Mark Stobert says the impact of the coronavirus has been "unprecedented".

"I don't think any of us have ever experienced anything like this," he said. "A lot of our role is about us being present, and we spent a lot of time trying to get our heads around how we do that.

"We did some telephone working and slowly but surely we've got back to being present on the words."

Part of his experience of being a chaplain, and the difficulties of communicating to those in need wearing personal protective equipment, has been expressed in his poem "Learning to Speak Eyebrow".

"Learning to Speak Eyebrow", a poem by the hospital's lead chaplain
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"Learning to Speak Eyebrow", a poem by the hospital's lead chaplain

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