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Trevor Phillips opens Guy’s multi-faith prayer rooms

Trevor Phillips OBE, chair of the new Commission for Equalities and Human Rights, visited Guy's Hospital recently to open new multi-faith prayer rooms.

Mia Hilborn and Trevor Phillips
Mia Hilborn and Trevor Phillips

Hospital bosses say that the prayer rooms are designed for people of all faiths, as well as those who do not have a particular religious belief.

There is a quiet prayer space as well as a larger worship/gathering room available for groups who wish to study their scriptures together, meditate or hold communion services.

There is also a counselling room where patients, staff and relatives can speak to a member of the spiritual health care team in private.

"I am delighted to have been given the honour of officially opening Guy's Hospital's multi-faith prayer rooms," says Trevor Phillips.

"This is just one of the ways in which the trust has worked to serve the whole of its community, in this diverse and vibrant part of South London, as well as many patients from all over the country seeking specialist services."

Revd Mia Hilborn, head of spiritual health care at Guy's and St Thomas', added: "The prayer rooms offer a quiet place for patients and their relatives, and for staff in our busy hospital environment. They are also available for relatives and friends to reflect as they wait to see their loved ones. We are delighted to have this facility."

The historic Guy's Chapel near the St Thomas' Street entrance remains available to patients, medical students and visitors alike. The chapel is run by King's College London's chaplaincy service.

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