St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London
Full Circle’s project at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was one of the first of its kind in the UK. Our work at St George’s continues to pioneer evidence-based integrated health projects working collaboratively in some of the most complex areas of the Hospital.
The project first began in 2001, following a request from nurses for a supportive therapy service to support leukaemia patients in the hospital’s Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant ward – the Ruth Myles Unit. Soon after a request was made by Haematology Consultant Dr David Bevan to support his patient group too, those with the life limiting genetic condition Sickle Cell Disorder. Our groundbreaking work on the haematology ward won the prestigious NHS Exceptional Award in 2005. As the project grew, word spread amongst nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and even dietitians and in 2006 we were invited to introduce the Hospital’s first project for paediatrics, winning the Trust’s Values Award in 2016 for our paediatrics service. Since then we have provided over 10,000 treatments to support very sick children, teenagers and adults and their families at St George’s Hospital. Our work currently extends widely across haematology, oncology including palliative care and neuro intensive care as well as paediatrics including paediatric intensive care.
Pioneering project developments
A central part of the Full Circle model is to develop – with medical and nursing teams – unique patient centred projects, that are driven primarily by the unmet need of patients in order to support resilience in the most complex medical environments as well as to enhance quality of life.
Three of our current innovative projects include clinical hypnotherapy and mindfulness for head and neck cancer patients and blood and lymphatic cancer patients with chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy [nerve damage], and a unique project Connecting Reiki with Medicine which includes a research partnership with a leading Hospital in the United States. The preliminary findings of these three projects are currently being prepared for publication.
Full Circle Therapies currently offered at the St George’s Hospital
- Clinical Massage Therapies
- Clinical Hypnotherapy with Mindfulness
- Relaxation Training
How can I be referred to the Full Circle Service?
If you are a patient currently under the care of St George’s Hospital please talk with your Consultant or Clinical Nurse Specialist who will be able to make a referral for you.
We receive no Government or NHS funding and we rely totally on donations, corporate support and legacies to be able to develop and sustain our pioneering work.
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