Cancer patients are to continue to receive complementary therapy alongside their conventional medical treatment thanks to charity.
The award of £26,011.50 from Rosemere Cancer Foundation represents half of the total cost of patients having access to them two days a week at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary costing £9,876, one day a week at Westmorland General Hospital at £5,743.50 and three days a week at Furness General Hospital at a cost of £10,392, until the end of March next year.
The remaining half of the bill is being footed by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT).
The physical, emotional and psychological benefits of complementary therapies such as aromatherapy during cancer treatment are well documented in research papers
Lead cancer nurse, Pauline Robinson, who applied for the grant from Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “As cancer is now considered a long-term condition with the focus on self-management, patients welcome the opportunity to avail themselves of such therapeutic services to aid their recovery.
“The feedback received by staff from patients who use the service is extremely positive.”
Rosemere Cancer Foundation fundraises to bring world-class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients being treated at eight hospitals throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria, as well as at Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.
For further information on its work and how to donate, visit www.rosemere.org.uk.