Charity offers new service for seriously ill Barrow hospital patients

on Monday, 21 January 2019.

Charity offers new service for seriously ill Barrow hospital patients

CancerCare is set to provide a new aromatherapy massage service for patients with serious health conditions at Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

CancerCare is set to provide a new aromatherapy massage service for patients with serious health conditions at Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

From February 1, CancerCare will be providing inpatients ‘Palliative Aromatherapy Massage’, a holistic therapy that involves the use of essential oils and gentle touch to help relieve pain and stress. It has both physical and emotional benefits and will help to promote the wellbeing of hospital patients from across the Furness Peninsula.

The Palliative Aromatherapy Massage service at Furness General Hospital is for patients when they are in hospital and is done at the patient’s bedside. This therapy is carried out by highly trained members of CancerCare’s team, Stacey Smith and Andrea Husband.

Lynda-Coleman Dixon, a CancerCare therapist, has been offering an aromatherapy service within Furness General Hospital within the Oncology unit for the last 18 years. This is however the first time that palliative aromatherapy massage is available across the wards, for any palliative inpatient.

CancerCare is currently based at the Trinity Church Centre on Warwick Street in Barrow and is planning to open its own support centre on Duke Street in Barrow in 2019.

Head of Client Services at CancerCare, Alison Dixey, said: “Palliative Aromatherapy Massage is a service that we have offered for 15 years at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

“We want to offer an equitable service across the whole of Morecambe Bay so it makes sense to extend it to the other hospitals.

“We also hope to introduce a service at Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal soon.”

It is available to anyone who is having palliative care including cancer patients and people with other life-limiting illnesses.

Susannah Cogger, 43, a Complementary Therapist from Kendal who has provided this CancerCare service for 10 years in Lancaster, will be inducting new therapists into the role.

She said: “I love offering Palliative Aromatherapy Massage. I love meeting people and doing something positive.

“Aromatherapy massage is fantastic for symptom control and relaxation.

“It gives a person a supportive place to offload their worries, as often people won’t talk about their issues because they don’t want to burden their family and friends.

“It is not only for those at their end of life. It’s a service for anyone in palliative care.”

Research has shown that people who have received aromatherapy have reported increased wellbeing, improved sleep, reduced anxiety, improved pain and reduced nausea. All of these are clearly of benefit when a patient is in a palliative condition.

There is flexibility with the length of each session and it can be anything from five minutes to 30 minutes depending on what the individual prefers.

Hospital patients at Furness General Hospital can request to have this treatment by asking a palliative care nurse.

For more information about CancerCare’s services please go to www.cancercare.org.uk or call the Barrow CancerCare centre on 01229 836 926. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.