George Eliot Hospital welcomed a visitor from Japan last month to their Oasis Relaxation Therapy Service.
Mrs Natsuki Ohta, visited the George Eliot to observe the aromatherapy practices that the hospital oasis team uses on both patients and staff alike.
The Oasis therapy team, led by Team Leader Sue Mousley, was originally set up to help patients who were experiencing a high level of anxiety about their hospital visits.
Mrs Ohta, who runs her own aromatherapy school in Shizuoka, Japan, was able to observe a mum-to-be receive a relaxing hand massage as well as talk to the Oasis team volunteers about the service they offer. She also kindly gave a donation to the service which was gratefully received.
The visit to the George Eliot was part of a wider trip to the UK which included being a keynote speaker at the International Federation of Aromatherapists Preventative Healthcare Conference 2017 in London. Her visit to the George Eliot included a tour of the Mary Ann Evans hospice and the maternity unit as well as the Oasis Relaxation Therapy room in Coombe House.
Sue Mousley, Oasis team leader said: “We were really pleased to welcome Mrs Ohta to the Trust to observe our volunteers in action and to share our learning. Our service was the first of its kind within an NHS Hospital, and we are delighted to share our practices to assist Mrs Ohta with her aims to use aromatherapy widely in Japanese healthcare to support patients with anxiety.”
The Oasis dedicated therapy room opened just over a year ago in Coombe House and provides a peaceful environment where a person can relax and learn ways of controlling their feelings of anxiety.
The service has gradually expanded to offer relaxation therapies to members of staff as well as patients, and to go to patient bedsides where appropriate. Therapies provided include hand massage, aromatherapy, visualisation, relaxation and breathing techniques as well as advice about dealing with stress and anxiety.