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Beautician for Patients with Haematological Conditions


Money raised by the CALLM Charitable Fund at Manchester Royal Infirmary has funded a greatly received beautician for the patients of Ward 44. The department treats patients referred from across the North West and beyond for a wide range of haematological malignancies and is a regional Bone Marrow Transplant centre.

CALLM, standing for Caring for Adults with Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma was set up in October 2010 to provide the added extras which would make patient's time in hospital a little more bearable. Each month a committee of staff and patients meet to discuss how money raised through various fundraising ventures should be spent.

Following a patient survey, it was decided that some of the charitable funds would pay for the materials to enable a volunteer beautician to pamper patients once a week. Now Anita Green, a retired district nurse herself, spends half a day with inpatients, with the remainder of the time with those visiting the outpatient clinic for treatment.

Visiting around 16 patients each week she provides manicures and pedicures, as well as hand massages to both male and female patients. Anita's services are incredibly well received, not only by patients but also by the partners and carers of those treated by Ward 44, enabling them to feel valued along with those they are supporting.

One patient who has been enjoying the benefits of this is Alison Harvey from Northenden, South Manchester. Alison has been on Ward 44 for over 6 weeks, following a bone marrow transplant and has been enjoying a weekly pampering session courtesy of Anita.

Alison Harvey said:

"Getting my nails done is a bit of a treat and it gives me a sense of normality. If nothing else it relieves the boredom of being on the ward all day, every day. Having Anita visit is a new person to chat with, away from the usual medical conversations. It's also something different to talk to my family and friends about when they visit."

Alison's most recent beauty treatment is a silver tulip pattern transferred onto the nails.

Anita Green, beautician on Ward 44 said:

"For some of the ladies having their nails done helps them feel a bit more like themselves again. Due to the nature of their medical treatments their nails can be left damaged and weakened. I work with them to help remedy this. It also helps to bring back their confidence, it boosts their self-esteem but it also acts as a release from the emotional trauma their conditions can cause."

Debbie Haigh, Associate Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Department of Clinical Haematology added:

"The treatments that our patients receive are intense and can affect quality of life for a prolonged period. Employing a beautician goes some way to putting the human element back into their journey. A simple hand massage and nail treatment can have a positive impact on our patients during a very uncertain phase of their life.

"Anita started in this position 8 weeks ago and so far the demand has been phenomenal."

Haematology inpatients are treated on Ward 44. There is a day unit for procedures and treatments such as transfusions, chemotherapy, and apheresis. Specialist clinics are held in the day unit.

Manchester Royal Infirmary Hospital Charity is raising money to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital - improving the lives of thousands of patients each year across the North West and beyond.

The support of the charity means that the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.

The charity has three main areas of work:

  • to support research projects to improve our understanding of  illnesses
  • to help to create an environment that's more friendly
  • to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.



For further information please contact Aimee Lawless on 07827 886 286 or e-mail aimee.lawless@cmft.nhs.uk

For more information on CALLM please visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Callm-Fund/1465561413689976

Notes to Editors

  • Manchester Royal Infirmary Hospital Charity is part of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity.  Registered charity number 1049274.
  • The other hospitals which make up Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity are:

Manchester University Dental Hospital

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Manchester Royal Infirmary

Saint Mary's Hospital

Trafford Hospitals