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Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies can help you to cope with some of the stresses caused by serious illness. Many therapies are relaxing, and provide an enjoyable experience that may lift your spirits. Some complementary therapies can also help relieve your symptoms. 

Patients, carers, and people who are bereaved are among those to benefit from our complementary therapies. Referrals come from our Earl Mountbatten Community Clinical Nurse Specialists, Psychology and Bereavement Service and GPs. Both people using the John Cheverton Centre and those on the ward are able to access these services. A referral is needed from a member of our multi-professional team. 

A number of treatments are offered including:

  • Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Beauty treatments, including facials, manicures and pedicures
  • ​Pilates/yoga sessions

Therapies are provided free of charge to our patients and their families and carers, and are provided thanks to the generosity of our Island community. All services are provided by fully qualified volunteer therapists.

Other services

Our hairdresser, a fully qualified, insured volunteer, is available every Wednesday, between 10:30am and 2:30pm. This service is available for all outpatients, staff and volunteers, as well as patients on the ward. 

A 'Look Good, Feel Better' workshop is held on the second Thursday of the month, between 11am and 1pm, and is open to women and teenagers affected by cancer.

During 2017, a series of Positive Steps to Wellbeing sessions are being held. For more information visit our events page.


"They look after you and they're so caring. I'm not frightened of dying."


Chrissie Fenton, patient