A new chapel and chaplaincy suite has opened at Darlington
Memorial Hospital, following a dedication by the Bishop of Jarrow,
the Right Reverend Mark Bryant.
Kevin Tromans, Lead chaplain, said:
"The chapel will be open daily, between 8am and 8pm. During this
time patients, their relatives, staff and other visitors to the
hospital can call in whenever they wish. Our hope is that the
new chapel will be used by people of all faiths and none, and are
pleased that the suite includes a Wudu, a facility where Muslims
may wash before prayer. The hospital chaplains will now be
based in the chaplaincy suite and are always available for anyone
in need of spiritual support, comfort or just a chat.
"The architect has incorporated features from the previous
chapel including wood panelling. The original altar has also
been retained, so there's a real sense of heritage.
"In addition to welcoming visitors at any time, the chapel will
regularly host a Catholic Mass each Thursday at 10.30 and an
ecumenical communion service each Sunday morning at 11.00am - to
which all are welcome."
The Chapel is the first part of a new £27 million development at
the hospital with six new state of the art theatres opening in the
Spring. The existing six theatres will re-open in Spring
2018, following a significant upgrade. The increased theatre
capacity is designed to improve patient experience and reduce
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community