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Patient and family wellbeing services at Royal Alexandra Hospital expanded

Monday, August 1, 2016

Specialist patient and family support services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley have been expanded thanks to a donation from The Merchants House of Glasgow. 

A wide range of complementary wellbeing therapies for both patients going through cancer care, and their families, at The Beatson are provided by The Beatson Cancer Charity. These therapies are now being offered in departments at the RAH where Beatson patients are looked after. 

The Merchants House of Glasgow provided £10,000 to start the service which has allowed charity therapists to introduce the service to haematology inpatients. Popular with both patients and staff, the therapists now visit the palliative care ward and most recently the haematology day unit. 

Originally offered two days a week, the service has expanded to three days with the scope to increase due to popular demand and positive feedback. Beatson Cancer Charity has carried out 184 therapies since the service started in April. 

The charity is also renovating the family room on ward 18 to be used as a non-clinical area for patients and family members. 

Jacqueline Nicol, general manager, Royal Alexandra Hospital, said: “A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event for patients and their family.  

“This new service at the RAH is very welcome and is already proving popular in helping patients and their families during a traumatic time. 

“We’re working closely with the Beatson Cancer Charity to make sure patients are as comfortable as possible during their treatment.” 

David Welch, Chief Executive of Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “Our patient and family support services are second to none and are not only comforting at a difficult time but are known to significantly improve the overall cancer experience of patients and families. 

“I am delighted the staff and patients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital are seeing significant benefits so quickly. I look forward to working with them further to provide the best possible service to patients.”

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