The Nottingham Children's Hospital is the only children's hospital in the country to offer complementary therapy treatments to all its children and young people.
The aim of the service is to support the child or young person, as well as their family, through their treatment, by offering them symptomatic pain relief and attempting to improve their quality of life.
The service is led by Virginia (Ginny) McGivern, who is qualified as a children's nurse and complementary therapist. She offers training, education, awareness events and advice to parents, carers, nurses and doctors.
Clinics are held five days a week with each session lasting an hour. Referrals can be made by any member of the multidisciplinary team for all children and young people at the children's hospital, who are experiencing a variety of acute or chronic conditions.
The service is increasingly being seen as part of a programme of care, and not just a luxury. Therapies provided include:
- Relaxation techniques
- Indian head, neck and shoulder massage
- Baby massage instruction for parents
The Complementary Therapy Unit is funded by charitable funds from Nottingham Hospitals Charity and the Teenage Cancer Trust.