Arts and complementary therapies

Our Arts and Complementary Therapists offer individual and group sessions on site at St Christopher’s in Sydenham and at the Caritas House in Oprington, in patients' own homes and in a range of care homes across South East London

Complementary Therapies

Individual sessions are normally offered as part of your care plan and consist of a plan of six regular sessions. Please talk to your nurse if you think you might benefit from a series of sessions.

A relaxation group is held on site every day as part of the Anniversary Centre group work programme.

Complementary Therapies available include:

  • Massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Acupuncture
  • Relaxation
  • Qigong

Introduction to Qigong

Artists and Arts Therapies

Our artists and arts therapists run groups every day at St Christopher’s in eight week blocks. Every eight weeks a new theme or idea is explored with those who attend. A range of arts media are used including music, painting, pottery, creative writing, photography and film making. Similar groups are also run at St Christopher’s Bromley and in a number of care homes across South East London.

The artists also run a range of ‘Health Promotion’ projects with local community groups such as primary and secondary schools, faith groups and G.P. surgeries. These community groups work alongside St Christopher’s patients and create a range of art work together in order to learn more about hospices and the work that they do.

Our artists also offer individual and family sessions both at the hospice for inpatients and out patients, as well as visiting people in their own homes

Living your life creatively during serious illness can be important. Patients and carers tell us that capturing your life story or gaining new possibilities through the arts can be a rewarding and meaningful experience.

Patient artwork and media

Please contact Reception for further information regarding any of the groups mentioned

020 8768 4500