At James Cook University Hospital and Friarage Hospital
What do we offer?
Our qualified, registered complementary therapists work closely with clinical teams to ensure that any therapies you are offered are safe, effective and tailored to your needs whether it is for a bit of TLC or to help with symptoms and side effects.
This may be in our beautiful purpose built centre or out on the wards.
How do I access?
Services are free for cancer patients under a consultant at James Cook or Friarage Hospitals along with their loved ones.
You will need to ask your GP, hospital doctor or nurse to refer you to the team.
As the service is charitably funded you will usually be offered up to six sessions. For privately funded therapy please contact the team for more details.
“I can’t describe how beneficial it has been. I couldn’t live without it, it makes my life more bearable. The staff are all kind, thoughtful, respectful and there for me if I need them. “Yvonne Mitchell
- Massage and aromatherapy – therapeutic touch and essential oils
- Reflexology – gentle pressure applied to feet
- Acupuncture (body or ear) – fine needles inserted into specific points to help with pain and treatment side effects
- Reiki – a gentle Japanese-style therapy to aid wellbeing
Emotional and psychological support
We offer one-to-one counselling sessions and work closely with the trust psychological services team to ensure the best support for you.
We offer mindfulness sessions to help you to cope with the emotional impact of a diagnosis and moving on after treatment has finished.
We also offer wellbeing “kindness calls” from a trained volunteer.
We offer a variety of wellbeing activities designed to support you during and after treatment:
- Heads up – advice on hair loss and scarf tying
- Browns – wig clinic
- Access to our restful gardens at any time
- Support groups and programmes
- “Look good feel better” pamper sessions
- Camouflage makeup service
- Pet visiting shed
We need your help
We provide approximately 8,000 treatments and sessions to people affected by cancer alone each year, we want to be there whenever people need us and as quickly as possible.
Our charitable service cannot provide the compassion and support that is so valued by patients and their families without the fantastic fundraising efforts that are needed for our annual running costs of approximately £400,000.
£7 Can pay for a scarf or cap for a patient affected by hair loss
£25 Can pay for refreshments for the centre for one week
£36 Can pay for up to an hour of complementary therapies for patients within the centre or up to 3 people on a ward
£44 Can pay for one individual counselling session
£300 Can pay for a package of support for a patient or carer
If you would like to support our fundraising efforts or become a volunteer please contact us on 01642 854839
Find us on facebook – TrinityholisticTHC
“This service provided is accountable with the Complementary Therapies Criteria for practitioners who provide therapy or consult with patients
on NHS premises.”
“Complementary therapies are not an alternative to orthodox treatment. They are used to support you through conventional treatment.”
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like your feedback. If you wish to share your experience about your care and treatment or on behalf of a patient, please contact The Patient Experience Department who will advise you on how best to do this.
This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.