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Right Arrow Ablution room opened at Southport hospital
26 February 2016 at 14:57
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.

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital. In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases.