Cancer patients at Glasgow Royal receive boost through wellbeing therapies

A new service helping Glasgow Royal Infirmary patients deal with a cancer diagnosis is proving so relaxing many of them are falling asleep.

Staff from the Beatson Cancer Charity are now in their third month of providing complementary and wellbeing therapies to patients and family members in a number of the iconic hospital’s wards.

Patients in wards 63, 64, 65, 66 and the enhanced recovery unit were the first to benefit from the therapies.


Within two weeks they had proven so popular, the charity expanded the service to include in the admissions unit and the high dependency unit.

After only three weeks, the therapies were expanded further to include wards 2, 6, 7 and 10 thanks to the positive feedback from patients, family members and staff.

Patients can choose from a wide range of therapies including: massage, reflexology, reiki, podiatry, manicure, pedicure, threading and relaxation/stress management.

These are currently offered from Tuesday to Friday with the two therapists seeing up to 14 patients between them each day.


A patient on the general surgical ward said: “I have been a patient in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary for nearly three weeks and have received excellent care and treatment.

“During this time, one of the highlights has been the visits of the complementary therapists from the Beatson Cancer Charity.

“Normally people are coming in to take blood samples or give me medication – all necessary parts of the treatment – but it’s so lovely to have someone come in and give me a pamper.

“Most weekdays I have a hand and arm massage which makes me feel so relaxed I’ve fallen asleep a couple of times.

“These visits were the highlight of my days and I feel very grateful to have had them.”

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Jane Law, a clinical nurse specialist with the sarcoma team at the Royal Infirmary, said: “A cancer diagnosis is a traumatic and life-changing event. Patients, without realising it, can be very tense and these therapies give them a chance to relax.

“The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far with people saying this has been a great way of helping them relax. The hardest group to get involved are the men, but we soon found they loved the treatments once they gave them a try!”