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Beauty therapists help to “kiss it better”
22 November 2016

Patients receiving care at our hospital have been given some extra TLC thanks to beauty therapy students who gave up their time to give hand massages and manicures.

The Suffolk New College students came to the outpatients department and newly-refurbished Washbrook Ward on Monday (07 November) as part of the “Kissing it Better” initiative.

The project sees colleges, schools and community groups come into the hospital to chat to patients while also using their talents – such as music, hairdressing and poetry – to make a difference to the experience they have while receiving care.

Ipswich is the first hospital in the county to work with the Kissing it Better charity, which arranges the visits, and has already welcomed several groups of young people to the wards.

The initiative has received excellent feedback, with a Washbrook Ward patient saying: “These young people are lovely. This is such a nice thing to do” following Monday’s visit.

Fran Vale, who is a sister in Outpatients said: “The patients enjoyed the interaction with the students from the college and the hand massage was greatly appreciated.

“It took the patients’ minds off their appointments and was a pleasant distraction.”

Jill Fraser, director and co-founder of the charity, said: “The students were so mature in their approach and adjusted how they worked depending on the patient. They really enjoyed listening to their stories and hearing about their day to day lives.

“This provides students with valuable learning for their future careers and provides patients with some invaluable TLC as well as a distraction from being in hospital.”