SERVICES: The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough is extending the availability of holistic therapies for cancer patients.

Previously only patients under the care of an oncologist have been able to access therapies, ranging from reiki massage to acupuncture.

Deborah Jenkins, South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust chair, said: “We know that there are many more people who come to our regional cancer centre for treatment who are cared for by other staff, and so they don’t currently benefit from the holistic service.”

“We want all patients with cancer to get the same high level of care and believe that holistic therapies and support have an important role to play in helping them through their conventional cancer treatment.”

The service is partly funded by charitable donations but the trust is also planning to refurbish the centre.