Complementary Therapy

Now in our 5th year as an established registered charity in Kent, we are continuing to support and fund Jenni Hallman, Complementary Therapy Nurse Specialist (previously Alfie’s Nurse) at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Please click here to open the report (.pdf) of what our charity has enabled her to achieve for patients in the past year.
Alfie Gough Trust Complimentary Therapy
To view the previous report, please click here.
Spending time in hospital can be a frightening experience. Meeting a stream of different health professionals, coping with high-tech machinery and undergoing treatment is often daunting, let alone getting to grips with the illness itself.
Complementary therapies are being used more and more in hospitals alongside clinical treatment. The aim is to alleviate the symptoms of certain illnesses, while also helping with anxiety, fear, stress, pain management and sleeping problems.
The Great Ormond Street complementary therapy program has been running since 2011 and relies solely on charitable funding.

Children with cancer on our Lion, Elephant and Safari Day Care Wards now regularly use and have benefited from the introduction of this service which focusses on specialised massage therapies. Providing complementary therapies allows for dedicated time to alleviate some of the stresses that families face when they receive their child’s cancer diagnosis. It provides families with a chance to ask about the condition, side effects or to talk of their concerns about going home or their feelings about their diagnosis. Having a nurse-led rather than therapist-led role in the hospital means that the nurse is able to deal with these concerns and support the unique needs of the each child and their family.

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