Complementary Therapy and Wellbeing Services
We have a dedicated Wellbeing and Complementary Therapy Team at St Christopher’s that offer a range of services at both our Sydenham and Caritas site in Orpington.
Wellbeing services provided at St Christopher’s include:
We also run therapeutic groups at our Sydenham site, including five-week courses for:
- Individuals living with a progressive neurological condition, you can view the programme here
- Individuals with dementia, with a focus on training in communication between an individual with dementia and their carer or loved one
Complementary Therapies are used alongside conventional medical practices, they are traditionally natural practices that often involve therapeutic touch. At St Christopher’s, Complementary Therapies are offered as part of a care plan to individuals where there is a therapeutic need, normally to aid the management of symptoms, both physical and emotional.
Complementary Therapies may help:
- Reduce insomnia and promote a restful night’s sleep
- Ease side effects of medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy e.g. peripheral neuropathy, fatigue and nausea
- Ease some symptoms caused by illness e.g. constipation, lymphoedema, headaches and migraine, pain, sinus congestion
- Promote relaxation and provide emotional support
- Alleviate anxiety and depression
- Regulate nervous system
Accessing Complementary Therapy
Treatments are offered to patients and carers where there is a therapeutic need. Please talk to your nurse or key worker if you think you might benefit from a course of treatments.
To ensure the best possible treatment outcomes, we advise to keep weekly sessions if possible. However, we understand that this is not always possible.
We provide sessions at both our sites in Sydenham and Orpington in one of our private treatment rooms, as well as on the inpatient unit at Sydenham. For housebound people, treatments are offered in your own home.
Individual sessions are normally offered as part of your care plan and consist of a plan of either four or six regular sessions.
Treatments will last from 30 to 45 minutes. As part of treatment we will discuss different self-care tips and what can be done at home to maximise the benefits of the treatment. This may include activities, such as this short guided relaxation exercise.
The Complementary Therapy Department can be contacted Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 5pm on 0208 768 4559.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I need to discuss my appointment with the Hospice?
If you have an appointment and you need to cancel or postpone, please call the Complementary Therapy Department on 0208 768 4559 as soon as possible.
Can I receive Complementary Therapy if I am an inpatient at St Christopher’s?
If you are admitted to St Christopher’s, please let your nursing team know on the ward that you would like to receive Complementary Therapy, they will submit a referral to us. One of our Therapists will come and see you in your room to provide you with a treatment. If you are an inpatient at St Christopher’s Hospice, you may also be interested in our Namaste Service.
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