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Oncology Wellbeing at work
2022 Prize
Emma Tyrer
Complementary therapist
Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Fundation Trust (London)

Exemplary service care to patients with cancer

Dimbleby Cancer Care team

Emma Tyrer is a complementary therapist and has worked in a clinical setting for over 18 years. For the past 10 years, Emma has worked at Dimbleby Cancer Care which provides services in three London hospitals (St Thomas, Guy’s Hospital and Queen Mary’s hospital). 

The complementary service team is composed of 8 part-time therapists who supports patients in outpatient clinics, inpatient wards and in the chemotherapy unit at all stages of cancer pathway, from point of diagnosis, through treatment, and into survivorship or end of life.  

They help 5000 patients per year to better manage the anxiety, nausea, sleep problems and cancer-related fatigue with complementary therapies such as essential oils massages or via inhalation, reflexology, reiki, acupuncture, relaxation, and stress management. 

In addition, during Covid 19 crisis they have created relaxation webinars and an aroma stick service for patients to better manage stress and cancer-related symptoms.  

They also developed an aroma stick service for medical staff to respond to the most common concerns that they experienced during this challenging time such as anxiety, sleep problems and fatigue. The prize will allow them to expand their service in the radiotherapy department. 

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