Stories from the Heart Series – Nic

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A testimonial about Complementary Therapies at the Hospices by Nic, a Complementary Therapist at Woking Hospice


We offer a range of Complementary Therapies alongside our medical care at both Day Units. Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Thai Chi (Sam Beare) are amongst the treatments that patients and their relatives are offered, to help aid relaxation and reduce stress, as well as giving the patients some pampering to make them feel good about themselves after intrusive or painful procedures. All of the therapists are fully qualified and most give their time voluntarily.

Nic is the Coordinator for the Therapists at Woking Hospice and talks about why she loves the Wellbeing Centre.

“We try to offer therapy to as many patients, families and carers as we possibly can: through the Day Units, through ward visits and also in the home. Mainly, complementary therapy is used for symptom control and relaxation, and it’s a holistic approach, so we’re all working together for the patients’ wellbeing.

Sometimes people don’t know what to expect when they are first offered a complementary therapy, so our clinics are a great way to find out. In Woking they take place every Friday and the visitors come for a slice of cake, a cup of tea and a therapy. When they spend time here they actually find out that the hospice is a lovely place to be. They thoroughly enjoyed their therapies and they’re always very keen to re-book because they feel it really benefits them.

The hospice feels like a family. We all care for each other and for the people we treat, and we are very passionate about what we do. I love my hospice because it’s a brilliant place to work.

Where we are now there is limited facilities; the New Build Project will bring us more space, more services and newer equipment. I would love people to give whatever they can to help us reach out to more families, patients and carers and give the very best care we can”.

Thanks to Nic for her story and photo.

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