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Oasis aromatherapy volunteers at George Eliot Hospital making a difference


Innovative aromatherapy project Oasis, based at the George Eliot Hospital, was proud to be nominated for the recent Nuneaton and Bedworth Volunteer awards for their pioneering work.

Oasis was originally established to help patients who experience a high level of anxiety about hospital visits and currently supports both staff and patients within the hospital.

Oasis is run by trained volunteers who regularly provide sessions for staff, patients and visitors within the hospital from the relaxation therapy room in Combe House. They also work closely with the Chaplaincy team based at the hospital.

Recently the team supported staff during busy periods including A&E, IT and more recently the Patient Admin Support Services team. They run short sessions which included reflexology and back, neck, shoulder, hand and foot and shoulder massages.

The service has gradually expanded over the last few years to offer relaxation therapies to members of staff as well as patients, and to go to the patient at the bedside where appropriate. Therapies provided include hand massage, aromatherapy, visualisation, relaxation and breathing techniques as well as advice about dealing with stress and anxiety.

Staff who have benefited from the service have said that they really appreciated and enjoyed the treatments. Staff comments said the treatments made them feel calm, peaceful, happier and helped to reduce stress.

Sue Mousley, Oasis team leader said: “Our service was the first of its kind within an NHS Hospital, and we are now sharing our learning with aromatherapy specialists in China and Japan too.

“We have a dedicated Oasis therapy room which provides a peaceful environment where a person can relax and learn ways of controlling their feelings of anxiety. We also support staff and patients within the hospital too.

“Patients have commented that the service provides them with reassurance, reduces stress and helps them to cope with their illnesses.”

Oasis can be contacted through the hospital chaplaincy office. Call 024 7686 5046 for further information or to make an appointment. Patients can refer themselves or ask a member of staff to do so for you. There is no charge for Oasis therapies. Oasis is funded through charitable donations but welcome any contributions.

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