March 25, 2019 4.36 pm This story is over 37 months old

Lincoln hospital to open new multi-faith prayer room

It includes a purpose-built washroom

A new multi-faith prayer room will open at Lincoln County Hospital this week for patients, visitors and staff.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) hopes the room will help improve the spiritual wellbeing of patients and their families especially at difficult times in their life.

The new multi-faith prayer room will officially open on Wednesday, March 27. It will offer a space for patients, visitors and staff to go for prayer and reflection.

It will be situated between the main reception and the existing chapel, opposite the intensive care unit.

Chair of the ULHT Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Equality Network, Professor Tanweer Ahmed, worked closely alongside other teams from the hospital.

They transformed an old office area into the new prayer room. The room is complete with the trust’s first purpose-built washroom in accordance with Muslim rituals.

The room also has an area that can provide privacy for women in accordance with some religious practise.

Professor Ahmed is also Chairman of the Islamic Association of Lincoln. He said: “This multi-faith prayer room gives us a spiritual space where patients and their families can seek a moment of peace and calmness. It’s a fantastic addition to the hospital and one that I and other members of staff look forward to using.

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this special space a reality and I look forward to the seeing the difference it is going to make.”

The trust’s Chief Executive Jan Sobieraj added: “Having space and peace to reflect can help us when we are at our most vulnerable, which is why we were delighted to be able to support the creation of this room.

“This is a very special space for contemplation, for reflection and for prayer, it is somewhere our patients and their families can come to when facing difficult times.”