A service of thanksgiving will be held this weekend (Sunday 3rd
May) for the The Mary Hodgkin Memorial Chapel, at Darlington
Memorial Hospital, which will be closed and vacated
during that week.
Lead Chaplain, Rev. Kevin Tromans said: "The Trust is in the
process of arranging significant developments to enhance patient
care and experience in Darlington Memorial Hospital. These aim to
provide improved operating theatre facilities, and a new facility
for care of the deceased and the bereaved.
"In order to make this possible, the Mary Hodgkin Memorial
Chapel will be closed and vacated during the week commencing
"An interim chapel/worship space will be provided next to the
main outpatients entrance, and a chapel office adjacent to the
"These in turn will be replaced by a new worship area and
chaplaincy suite which will become available during the
summer. The new worship area will be smaller and therefore
more in keeping with the needs and practices of modern healthcare
Bill Headley, Director of Estates & Facilities said: "The
closure of the chapel at Darlington Memorial Hospital is part of
the enabling works needed to support the Trust's plans for major
investment in the operating theatres and mortuary on site. The
Trust has drawn up proposals to invest approximately £27 million in
building new state-of the-art theatres at Darlington, refurbishing
the existing suite and creating a new mortuary and bereavement
centre for families. This plan will create a high quality
environment for surgery at Darlington and vastly improve the
experience of those accessing the bereavement services. The
investment is part of the Trust's overall vision for ensuring
services continue to improve and meet the needs of a changing
population. The plans will be going to the Trust Board in the
summer with a proposed completion date for the project in late
Rev Tromans added: "To mark the chapel's closure we are holding
a service of thanksgiving for its life and availability as a place
of quiet and reflection to many people over the past 50 years.
"This will be held on Sunday 3rd May, at 3.30pm in
the chapel. All are welcome to attend.
"The usual chaplaincy service will be maintained throughout this
period of transition, as will the usual pattern of worship and
prayers in the interim chapel."
If anyone has any questions about these changes, please feel
free to contact the chaplaincy team at Darlington on xtn 43029, or
contact the Lead Chaplain on xtn 32183.
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