Hospital to create new faith and belief room

Bedford Hospital. Library image.
Bedford Hospital. Library image.

Work is due to get underway this month to relocate and improve Bedford Hospital’s chapel, which will become a faith and belief room.

Due to future work to expand and upgrade Bedford Hospital’s endoscopy unit, the chapel will be moved along the corridor to what is currently used as office space.

The new facility will include a large communal area for all to use for individual prayer, meditation, or quiet reflection as well as hosting the Muslim Friday prayers and the Sunday Service.

The new and improved chaplaincy office will be located next door and will offer confidential spiritual and emotional support.

Director of Nursing, Nina Fraser, said: “It is fantastic to see that our original plans and ideas are now becoming a reality.

“We are proud to be able to represent Bedford’s multi-faith community and to support all patients, staff and visitors with our new faith and belief room at Bedford Hospital.”

In order to make the new room a beautiful and inviting space the chaplaincy has been granted funding from external charities to install bespoke glass doors and a feature window.

Hospital Chaplain, Rev Nicola McIntosh, said: “Part of my brief when I took on the role of lead chaplain was to make provision for all faiths and beliefs at Bedford Hospital.

“We have been given a golden opportunity to properly embrace the needs of all those visiting and working in the hospital by creating a space that will be an essential part of the healing work done here.”

Work is expected to take around six weeks.