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Pioneering therapy project at Lincoln County Hospital renal unit

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

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Patients in the renal unit at Lincoln County Hospital will be offered basic relaxation techniques and therapeutic hand massage in a pioneering new project.

Volunteers from St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice will provide support and assistance to the patients.

Sam Lewis, specialist nurse practitioner for the hospice, said: "It is often very difficult for patients undergoing regular dialysis treatment to be able to access some of the services we provide in day therapy because of their treatment commitments.

"We are hoping that our volunteers may be able to bring a little bit of Day Therapy to those patients and bridge the gap between acute and hospice services."

The programme, due to start in June, is the first of its kind.

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice has more than 1,000 volunteers who work across almost every area of the organisation.

Lisa Gibson, volunteer services manager for the hospice, said: "Our day therapy volunteers make a valuable contribution to the care offered to patients."

Anyone interested in volunteering in this project should call 01522 518221.

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