PEOPLE of all faiths and none gathered at the Royal United Hospital in Bath for the opening of it's new spiritual care centre.

The new centre which has been built to replace the former Chapel, offers 24 hour access for anyone to sit, to talk, reflect, pray or simply gather their thoughts.

The Dedication ceremony was conducted by The Rt Rev Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton before an audience of guests including the Mayor of Bath, Cllr Ian Gilchrist.

Bishop Ruth Worsley, who also commissioned the spiritual care centre chaplains and volunteers, said: “Thank you to all for planning, designing, financing and staffing this very special place.

"Thank you for recognising that people need a place of sanctuary like this, offering space for prayer, healing and peace for patients, their families and staff in the busy life of this hospital.”

RUH lead chaplain Narinder Tegally said: “We have been on a long journey with many challenges and joys to reach this stage, which has only been possible through the enormous generosity of key individuals and the hard work of so many people.

"In the short time we have been open this place has already become a sanctuary and a place of reflection for many people of faith and no faith.

"Our hope is that this will continue to flourish and grow into a place of peace, stillness and healing.”

In the new spiritual centre centre there is space for prayer, as well a quiet and private area for confidential and sensitive conversations.

There’s also a courtyard garden with planting and seating, as well as a sculpture, which was left as a gift to the hospital in the will of a local Bath man, the late Colston Cook.

The new building, which was designed in conjunction with members of different faiths, is located on the crossroads of Zone C&D on the hospital ground floor.