Beautiful restoration of the chapel at St Thomas’

Generous donations have significantly contributed towards the restoration of the historic chapel at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Inside of a chapel at St Thomas'
Inside the restored chapel at St Thomas'

The chapel officially reopened and was blessed by The Right Reverend Nigel Stock, Bishop at Lambeth, in a special service on Tuesday 9 February.

The chapel plays an important role to our staff, patients and their families. It has been the host to many special events, including our own fundraising carol services every Christmas from 2011 to 2014. These services were led by Reverend Mia Hilborn, head of spiritual healthcare at Guy’s and St Thomas’.

'Patients, staff and visitors have used this chapel as a place for quiet reflection and prayer for nearly 150 years,’ says Mia. ‘It’s a privilege for us to be able to share these moments with them in such a beautiful and historic space.’

The restoration work has preserved the Grade II listed chapel’s unique features, some of which date back to when St Thomas’ Hospital first opened on its current site opposite the Houses of Parliament in 1870.

Reverend Mia Hilborn leading the Christmas carols service in 2012
Reverend Mia Hilborn leading the Christmas carols service in 2012

Memorials in the chapel remember people who have played important roles in the hospital’s history, including St Thomas Becket, after whom the original hospital at London Bridge was named, Florence Nightingale, who established the Nightingale Training School at St Thomas’, and the nurses and junior medical officers who ‘died in the discharge of their duties’ during wartime.

Support from donations is vital to being able to preserve the hospital’s rich heritage and enhance environments for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors.

‘The chapel enriches the care of so many people at St Thomas’ Hospital,’ says Sir Hugh Taylor, chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’.
‘I am thrilled that, thanks to the support of our generous donors, it will continue to do so for years to come.’

Donations help better the environment and care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in many varied ways.