Treatment rooms keep patients’ minds at ease

Donna Clark giving therapy treaments at Trinity Hospice.
Donna Clark giving therapy treaments at Trinity Hospice.
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One part of Trinity Hospice which has already benefited from a facelift is the Complementary Therapy Unit.

The unit has been in place for 10 years, giving patients and their families somewhere to relax and think of something other than what they are going through while enjoying a therapeutic treatment by qualified volunteers.

The Gazette's appeal to raise �200,000 to help build a better Trinity and Brian House hospice.

The Gazette's appeal to raise �200,000 to help build a better Trinity and Brian House hospice.

The treatment rooms used to be vacant offices, and had a clinical feel to them.

But this year, thanks to money raised by the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run, the rooms have been refurbished with new colours, flowers and pictures, giving them a new salon feel and making them fit for purpose.

The Complementary Therapy Unit is something many people rely on when staying in or visiting Trinity and Brian House Children’s Hospice.

Its co-ordinator, Donna Clark, said: “Therapy is a physical need. It’s an hour a week to escape from it all, to not think about what’s happening to them and to chill out, not doing anything.

“Our main aim is relaxation, and our patients love it. They find it helps them through chemotherapy, radiation or whatever treatment they are having, and it gives them something nice to focus on and look forward to.

“A lot say they wouldn’t have got through their treatment without having this to look forward to. Some say it helps with pain and nausea.”

As well as patients, Donna said the unit played an important role for their carers too.

She added: “It is important that we look after the carers as well, because without them our patients have no-one to look after them.

“We take relatives who are struggling, maybe visiting their husbands or wives, or are spending long periods of time alone. We can give them a one-off treatment to help them get through what they are going through. Being stressed, and the physical problems that come with it, is the last thing you want when you are looking after someone who’s poorly. A lot of carers are suffering because of lack of sleep, or they’re not eating properly. They have the added anticipation and worry, and they might be looking after children as well as the patient 24-hours a day.

“It’s a lot for them.”