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St Thomas' Hospital chapel restored

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The historic chapel at St Thomas' Hospital has been officially reopened and blessed after eight months of restoration work.

St Thomas' Hospital chapel restored
St Thomas' Hospital chapel restored
The terracotta triptych above the altar is a memorial to Sir Henry Doulton

Rt Revd Nigel Stock, who as 'Bishop at Lambeth' works closely with the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, carried out the official reopening and blessing of the Victorian chapel during a special service on Tuesday.

He said: "At Lambeth Palace we are very conscious of the vital part our neighbours at St Thomas' play in the health, well-being and care of huge numbers of people.

"It is a great privilege to be part of the reopening and blessing of this historic chapel and I pray that it will be a source of blessing and spiritual support for both patients and all those who make up the hospital community."

Revd Mia Hilborn, head of spiritual healthcare at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Patients, staff and visitors have used this chapel as a place for quiet reflection and prayer for nearly 150 years.

"It's a privilege for us to be able to share these moments with them in such a beautiful and historic space."

Sir Hugh Taylor, chairman of Guy's and St Thomas', added: "The chapel enriches the care of so many people at St Thomas' Hospital.

"I am thrilled that, thanks to the support of our generous donors, it will continue to do so for years to come."

The restoration work was funded by a grant from Guy's and St Thomas' Charity and donations from The Perseverance Trust, the Friends of St Thomas' Hospital and more than 500 individual donors who were thanked at the service.

Nicola Crane, head of arts strategy at Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, said: "The chapel at St Thomas' Hospital is a unique place that provides a much needed quiet space for worship and reflection.

"Returning the chapel to its former splendour, and restoring the historic works of art within it, is part of how the charity works to preserve the hospitals' rich heritage and enhance environments for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors."

The chapel features a memorial to Florence Nightingale who founded the original school of nursing at St Thomas'.

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