Work has started on a multi-faith room at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital to recognise the diversity across our colleagues, patients and visitors, with the support of the Trust’s charity.

The work will see the area opposite the chapel transformed into a purpose built area to accommodate people of all faiths, with the facilities and space to worship and pray according to their beliefs.

The project is being jointly funded from the Trust’s capital fund and the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity, whose committee has pledged to meet half of the costs involved.

The area will incorporate redundant space from the cardio-vascular clinic to create a separate entrance between that and the Diabetes Clinic for an Ablution Room, providing an area for the washing of feet. There will also be storage space to accommodate items and materials used for prayer and a shoe rack to the left of the entrance. It will be an open area that will be available for anyone to use, staff or visitors.

Ken Godber is the Royal’s Charity Director, he said: “This is just the kind of thing that our charitable funds were set up to support, something that goes above and beyond what the hospital is able to provide to enhance the health and wellbeing of our patients, visitors and staff. As such, we’re delighted to see the plans come to fruition and be in a position to match the funds provided by the Trust to build it.

“As a Trust we pride ourselves on being inclusive and this development will provide the perfect opportunity for people of all beliefs to exercise them. We’ve been working very closely with colleagues from different faiths to ensure the room is appropriate for everyone and the plans have been very well received. This will be a significant development for the hospital and a great example of staff suggestions that have been taken on board and made a reality.”

Work start on Monday 28th October and us due to open in December. All corridors and clinics will remain open throughout the duration of the work and disruption to staff and visitors will be kept to a minimum.