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A hospital spokesperson said the new facility will be officially called the St James’s All-Faith Chapel.
MI understands the facility will be of exclusive use for St James’s, while the New Children’s Hospital due to be built on an adjacent site will have its own separate facility.
In the July 2014 meeting of the St James’s Hospital Board, the naming of the new multi-faith facility was discussed and the minutes were obtained under Freedom of Information legislation.
A hospital spokesperson told MI this week that the facility was “completed on 6 February and is undergoing final ‘snagging’.”
“It has been titled the ‘St James’s All-Faith Chapel’. It has been built in a central location to improve access for patients,” said the spokesperson.
“Its function is to allow a quiet, contemplative space for patients, staff and visitors. An operational policy is being developed, with input from major religious groupings that will also allow for scheduled religious services.
“We understand that the New Children’s Hospital will provide a separate facility within their development.”
While the word ‘chapel’ is most often used in connection with Christian denominations, this is not exclusively the case.
Planning permission for the multi-faith facility was granted in October 2013. The All-Faith Chapel’ replaces the previous church that was deemed to be “no longer fit for purpose”, a hospital spokesperson told MI in March 2014.