Advisors and Therapists
Kidney Patient Advisors
Through the Kidney Patient Advisors we provide a Hardship Fund. This is available to all kidney patients who may be experiencing financial difficulties.
Our Kidney Patient Advisors are based at the Churchill and can be reached on 01865 226570. The chances are that they will be out "doing good" so please be prepared to leave a message.
Kidney Patient Advisors can advise on state benefits that may be available to kidney patients. They can also offer support with housing, employment and other financial issues as well as supportive counselling for patients and their close family members.
Advisor Linda Evans (formerly Baker)
Beauty & Holistic Therapists
Our therapists, funded by the SCKPA, visit all the renal units at least monthly where they can give advice and provide treatments as required.
Patients are invited to contribute to the cost of their treatment but this is entirely voluntary.
To see one of the therapists ask your nominated nurse or the manager of your renal unit.
Photo shows a dialysis patient having a relaxing massage by our therapist at Stoke Mandeville
Sharon Russell C.I.B.T.A.C; I.F.R; M.A.R; Reiki Master
Sharon visits Stoke Mandeville, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, The Churchill Hospital and Horton Banbury on a regular basis. The treatments she offers are:
- Massage - legs & feet or arm, shoulder, neck and head, all very relaxing and good for muscle tension and headaches
- Reflexology - a treatment done mainly on the feet to relax and give a sense of well-being
- Reiki - a healing, hands-on treatment that is performed through clothes. It is very relaxing and comforting
- Hands - a file and nail varnish including a hand and arm massage
Nikki Marshall IIHHT, Beautician VTCT NVQ level 2
Nikki is a qualified Aroma therapist and Beautician and has worked in the Swindon hospital Renal unit for more than 10 years, administering Beauty Treatments that are possible to do whilst dialysing, along with a friendly natter and a listening ear.
During this time she has met many people and made some wonderful friends and hopefully helped them come to terms with what is sometimes a difficult life change.
She works in the unit 15 hours a month and divides her time across all the sessions during the month to enable every patient the opportunity to take up any treatment. The treatments on offer are:
- Manicure including hand & arm massage
- Pedicure including foot & leg massage
- Eye brow/lash treatment
- Aroma therapy massage.
She looks forward to any new enquiries.