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Complementary therapy makes ill children feel ‘valued’

complementary therapy helps ill children With increasingly sophisticated medical treatments available to treat young patients today, it’s easy to lose the ‘human touch’ that is so fundamental to effective healthcare.

At Nottingham Children’s Hospital, young patients with cancer, chronic fatigue and other illnesses have benefited from complementary therapy techniques including aromatherapy, relaxation and massage.

This service is not designed to treat the illnesses directly, it is designed to help children deal with the exhausting and often traumatic experience that hospital treatment can be.

Doctors, with their heavy workloads and clinical approach, cannot offer the care and support a child really needs. Ginny McGivern, a complementary therapy nurse at Nottingham Children’s Hospital has said:  “Complementary therapy is there to support the child and their family through treatment by offering them tender loving care, symptomatic relief and hopefully improving their quality of life.”

The organisation is currently working closely with Great Ormond Street Hospital in London with hopes to set up a similar service there.

Nottingham Children’s Hospital is currently the only hospital in the country that offers this service and treats around 500 patients a year.

The service is completely funded by the Nottingham University Hospitals Charity and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

To find out more about complementary therapies and how they work, please visit our Therapy Topics page.

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Zoe Thomas

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