Patients receiving treatment for cancer in Northumberland are to benefit from a donation of specialist gloves from The Worshipful Company of Glovers of London.
Nine pairs of cryotherapy gloves have been given to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
The gloves keep the hands of patients undergoing chemotherapy cold, helping to prevent damage to the fingers and nailbeds, which is a common side effect of receiving the life-saving treatment.
The gloves are to be used in the trust’s oncology day units in Hexham, North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Berwick hospitals.
The company, which dates back to medieval times, seeks to promote the wearing of gloves and helps good causes with a glove-related bias through its charity arm.
The Master of Glovers Alison Gowman and the Chairman of the Charity Projects Committee Roger de Courcey visited the oncology day unit at Hexham General Hospital to present the gloves. Entertainer Roger was joined by friend Brendan Healy, the musician and comedian, who are both members of the Water Rats charity.
Fiona Holdsworth, oncology nurse specialist and manager of the unit at Hexham hospital, said: “We are touched that The Worshipful Company of Glovers has selected our hospitals for their donation this year.
“It is an extremely distressing time for patents and their families when they’re receiving chemotherapy and as a trust we are committed to not only providing high quality care, but, continuously, improving patients’ experiences of receiving their treatment with us.
“These gloves will help minimise one of the side effects which can often occur when a patient is receiving chemotherapy, when the nail lifts from the nail bed. This is very painful and aesthetically unpleasant for the patient so we are therefore very grateful for the donation.”
Master Glover Alison said: “We are delighted to be able to assist in helping more patients and the gift of gloves was very fitting in Hexham where there has been an historic glove trade.”
Cancer services run by Northumbria Healthcare in Northumberland and North Tyneside are consistently rated among the best in England, with teams providing specialist care to hundreds of patients in hospital, in the community and at home every day.
For the last three years, Northumbria Healthcare has been named in the top ten best performing NHS Trusts in England when it comes to providing a top quality experience of care for cancer patients.
The Glovers have previously donated gloves to Christie’s in Manchester and Bart’s and King’s College hospitals in London.
Fiona Holdsworth, oncology nurse specialist at Hexham hospital, is pictured receiving the gloves with Roger de Courcey, Alison Gowman and Brendan Healy.