Ablution room opened at Southport hospital

An ablution room for use by staff and visitors has opened at Southport hospital. It will be used for ritual washing in preparation for prayer and worship.

Ablution is an essential element of the Muslim tradition. There is an obligation for prayers to be offered five times a day. The room was created at the entrance facing the Clinical Education Centre to be near the prayer/quiet room.

Those attending the official handover from the Trust estates team included Soyful Alam, the Imam for Southport and West Lancashire, and a number of Trust staff who will be regular users.

The Trust chaplain, the Rev Martin Abrams, said: “The commitment to prayer from within the Muslim community is inspirational, and the contribution they make to the Trust is outstanding.  I am delighted we have been able to accommodate their cultural requirements.

“I find it very moving that within our small prayer room we are able to accommodate different world faiths alongside the quiet space we offer for people of no formal religion.”

Mr Alam said: “On behalf of the Muslim community of Sefton, I would like to express my utmost appreciation to Southport hospital for the wonderful ablution facility that has been provided with such consideration and courtesy.

“My gratitude is extended to all those who had a role in providing this special facility.”

Also present were Rodney Dykes, recently retired Trust non-executive director who chaired the charity and faith committees.



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