A brand new room was launched in March to expand the existing Oasis service which provides relaxation techniques for patients and staff.
George Eliot Hospital Chief Executive Kath Kelly officially opened the new room based in Combe House located on the main hospital grounds.
This innovative service at George Eliot Hospital helps patients to feel relaxed ahead of using any of the services provided by the hospital.
Oasis was originally set up to help those patients who were experiencing a high level of anxiety about their hospital visits. The new room will provide a peaceful environment where a person can relax and learn ways of controlling their feelings of anxiety.
The project has recently been 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 and breathing techniques. Advice is given about dealing with stress and anxiety.
Patients can either visit the team in the new Oasis room or receive therapies in the hospital chapel or at a patient’s bedside. The team also support events, such as patient support groups or staff wellbeing events.
Sue Mousley, Oasis team leader said: “Our ‘Oasis’ of calm service was the first of its kind within an NHS Hospital and is run entirely by trained volunteers.
We established Oasis because our patients told us they’d like a quiet place to go to away from the clinical setting. We had started an aromatherapy service in the maternity unit back in 2005 which received an award for good practice, so Oasis links in nicely with that.”
Chief Executive, Kath Kelly said: “Caring for our patients is our priority at the George Eliot and the Oasis team offer a fantastic service to help those patients who feel anxious when visiting a hospital for treatment or an operation.
I would like to thank the dedicated team of volunteers who give up their own time for the benefit of others and without whom this service would not exist.”
You can contact Oasis by visiting the hospital Chaplaincy office, which is situated on the ground floor of the main hospital building (turn left when you come out of X-ray) or by calling 024 7686 5046 if you want more information or to make an appointment.
There is no charge for Oasis therapies. Oasis is funded through charitable donations and we welcome any contributions.