Complementary Therapy at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care


For the sixth year in a row Bright Red has provided funding to the Complementary Therapy Service at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care. The team of qualified therapists use gentle touch and relaxation techniques to achieve calming responses. These can evoke a sense of well-being which may help patients cope with some of the stresses caused by cancer and its treatment.

Every year we receive an evaluation from the team, and every year we are filled with a deep sense of pride, seeing just how valuable the service is. It is such a privilege to support such a hard working, dedicated team.

2017 Evaluation & Feedback

  • During 2017 nearly 2,670 (2,666) therapies were provided for patients in wards 33, 34, 35, 36 and the Sir Bobby Robson clinical trials unit, as well as a number of out-patients and patients attending for radiotherapy, who were particularly anxious.
  • Over 2,940 (2,942) patients received aromatherapy tissues, either alongside another therapy, or as a standalone therapy for the patients to have on the unit and to take home with them to aid relaxation. This figure continues to increase each year.
  • 100% of the surveyed patients rated the service as “10” the equivalent to excellent.
  • 100 % of the patients responded that they would recommend the service to other patients. One patient added “everyone”.
  • This much needed space is also used for anxious pre-treatment patients on the day of their treatment and by mobile in-patients who feel a short break from the ward environment would be beneficial (with ward staff approval).
  • We have also used this calming environment in collaboration with medical staff for very anxious patients who required NG Tube procedures with complementary therapy pre-procedure. Chemotherapy anticipatory nausea patients and on several occasions with the Sir Bobby Robson Team for high blood pressure (white coat syndrome) patients, which have proved very beneficial.
  • The team can now deliver improved out-patient access to the service ensuring equality to all NCCC patients.
  • Demand for the Therapy Room continues to increase each week and could eventual have its own diary if staffing and funding allowed in the future.
  • Collaboration with NCCC Physiotherapy Team has continued this year as part of their physiotherapy and occupational therapy student placement we now provide an introduction to complementary therapies within a clinical setting demonstrating how the services can work in harmony and the benefits which can be provided for patients. Feedback has been very positive and we believe we are the only directorate to offer this introduction.

‘The service really helped me at a time when I most needed it. Talking about my feelings and learning techniques to help proved invaluable.’

‘The service provides an extremely vital therapy both during and after cancer treatment’

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