We are proud that our chapels and prayer rooms provide quiet reflective space for people of all faiths and none.

As part of the development of these spaces, a group of colleagues came together on 1 March to instate an idol (murti) of the Hindu God Shiva in the East Surrey Hospital chapel.

The statue has been sourced from a craftsman in India, with the funding raised directly by a group of SASH colleagues coordinated by Dr Ravi Kumar. It is made of brass, stands at just under 3 feet in height and weighs 37 kgs and has formal antique certification.

The chaplaincy and spiritual care team have been involved throughout this process, helping colleagues to instate the idol, thereby improving the space for the many colleagues, patients and visitors of Hindu faith here at SASH. 

Dr Ravi Kumar said: “This endeavour is a testament to the belief and value of our organisation for inclusivity. I am very grateful to my colleagues who supported with generous voluntary contributions to make this happen. This journey also wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support given by Fr Stanley and Rev Phil, our senior chaplains.”

The East Surrey Hospital chapel is open 24 hours a day and is located near the East Entrance. It is a quiet and peaceful space for colleagues, patients and visitors of all faiths and none.