Services at the centre are nurse led. Our very experienced and highly qualified nursing staff are on hand every day to support you. Initial assessments are facilitated by a nurse as are all case reviews and client support planning meetings. Nurses facilitate the drop in service and telephone support.
Counselling, an opportunity to explore one’s feelings and so help the person cope with their cancer journey. Our trained counsellors work with their clients on a one to one basis in a non-judgemental and confidential setting. Sessions take place within a structured encounter between a qualified therapist and a client or clients.
Reflexology is the holistic practice of treating reflex points in the feet. The treatment encourages the healing process throughout the body. Using a gentle technique our therapist’s aim is to encourage the person’s own healing systems to be activated and so maintain well-being. A treatment lasts for one hour approx. All of our therapists at Hope are experienced and fully qualified.
A combination of essential oils and gentle massage techniques adapted to the individuals own needs helps to create an environment of total relaxation and peace. Massage is the oldest form of physical medicine known to man and can be traced back to the early Chinese medical manuscripts around 400BC. It relaxes your body, improves circulation and helps loosen muscles where tension is held.
Our professionally qualified therapists in lymphoedema management , treatment and care now attend the Hope Centre two days a week. This is a free service. For further information please contact us as a referral is needed from your consultant.
We appreciate that changes in body image are difficult for most women and that everyone needs much care as she adjusts to these changes. Women who are educated about options, offered choices, and have emotional support during the process cope better with these changes.
Silhouette Services is run by one of our support nurses who is a trained fitter. She provides a fitting service for women who have had breast surgery and need a prosthesis and/or specialised bras. The fitting-room, a quiet and private space where adequate time is given for measuring and fitting.
A breast prosthesis or breast form is an artificial breast that is used after a surgery in which the breast has been altered or removed. A breast form can be worn to simulate the natural breast and body shape. Full or partial prosthesis can be worn to balance the appearance depending on what type of surgical procedure was performed.
Special bras are available that have pockets to hold the prosthesis. These are attractive, provide good support and come in a variety of colours which can be fitted at the same time as the prosthesis. This service is available to private clients and those who have a medical card. For further information contact Hope on 053 9238555.
Here at the Centre we are aware that hair loss during chemotherapy can be a difficult experience, therefore our experienced hairdresser will make choosing a wig as easy as possible for you. She will meet you in the Hope Support Centre on your own or with a friend and over a cup of coffee you can decide on style colour etc. Nowadays there are many different styles and colours to choose from and they are very natural looking and comfortable to wear.
Some people like to choose their wig before their hair falls out so that they can match the style and colour. The advantage of this is that if you lose your hair more quickly than expected you will already be prepared. It also gives you a chance to get used to the wig before you need it.
Meditation is a technique that can be used to experience peace, tranquillity, and an inner beauty, leading us to rethink everything around us, even ourselves. Mediation helps us to train our minds in a positive way and so help with our healing process. It can strengthen the immunological system and reduce stress. Meditation is held in the tranquil atmosphere of our relaxation room, this class provides the space to nurture “the self” and so step away from the madness of our busy lives.
Sometimes words are not enough to express what we are feeling. Sometimes there are too many words. Here at Hope we hold a weekly art class in our relaxed, warm and bright art room. Creativity in any form is a means of expressing what often cannot be said verbally. Often it is simply a chance to just lose yourself for a while.
Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. It helps you become more aware of your body’s posture, alignment and patterns of movement. We offer a weekly class of gentle movements, breathing and relaxation techniques which are supportive in dealing with the stresses of daily life. The weekly yoga classes take place in our large sunroom.
Our support groups give you the opportunity to share your experience and be listened to.
Support groups are professionally led by a qualified nurse/facilitator, who has been carefully selected and trained to give support, practical information and reassurance when you need it most. Our Peer Support Groups allow those with cancer to both give and receive support from others with cancer diagnosis through discussing their shared experiences. Peer to peer groups mean that you can speak to someone who really knows what you’re going through.
WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - Our women’s group meets on the last Tuesday morning of each month. It is a group for women with any type of cancer diagnosis. Runs monthly on the last Wednesday of each month.
MENS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - Our Men’s Health Support Group meets monthly on the last Thursday of each month, All men who have had a diagnosis of cancer are welcome to attend. It provides the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. Everyone has the opportunity to discuss their own personal journey in a relaxed environment. Runs monthly on the last Thursday of each month, see the calendar for the next group.
PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - This group meets on alternate months and deals with the specific symptoms, worries and fears that can be part of a prostate cancer diagnosis. Runs on bi monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month
LYMPHOEDEMA SUPPORT GROUP - Lymphoedema is a long term condition, with the right information, support and treatment there is much that can be done to improve both swelling and other symptoms. Our support group is facilitated by therapists and aims to offer support by means of up to date information, professional guidance and peer discussion. Runs bi-monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month. See calendar for next group.
WALKING GROUP - for people who are recovering from a cancer diagnosis. This group meets on the last Tuesday of each month.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US ABOUT ANY OF THE ABOVE GROUPS