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Mindfulness course

ANCHOR patients are warmly invited to take part in our mindfulness-based stress reduction course. 

Mindfulness can be a great resource to equip you with the tools and practices to alleviate feelings of stress, fear and anxiety.

Our fully-funded course is available to any oncology or haematology patient, past or present. The sessions are guided by our wonderful tutor Louise, pictured here. 

Entry points for the free, 8-week courses are available throughout the year, with classes available to access from the comfort of home. The next course will begin on Wednesday October 27. Sessions will be held each Wednesday evening at 7.45pm, on Zoom. 

The results from our most recent cohort of mindfulness graduates speak for themselves... 100% of people who took the course feel their ability to deal with difficult emotions have improved. 75% of people said their sleep has improved... and 100% of people would wholeheartedly recommend taking part in the course. 

Our mindfulness-based stress reduction course is also available for carers. To book a place or find out more, please tap the button below. 

Mindfulness tutor Louise


Gillian Hadden completed our first 8-week mindfulness course: “I had used mindfulness in the past, so when the lockdown came into place and my anxieties re-emerged, I knew that signing up to this course would help. It was such a valuable learning curve and with every session I learned new techniques that I can use in the hospital setting or even in daily life for those anxieties that can affect us.”
Hair loss support service

Hair loss support service

Although our dedicated hairdresser can’t be within the ANCHOR Unit at present, we want to reassure you that there is help at hand and you don’t have to face hair loss alone.

We’re offering free, virtual appointments with our hairdresser who will guide you through the unknowns, whether that’s preparing for a wig, advice on scalp care or tips on how to style natural hair when it starts growing back in. This service is completely free and runs every day, with phone or video appointments available.

Our wonderful hairdresser Heather has been our hair fairy in the ANCHOR Unit for 8 years, and she is on hand with practical and emotional support to help you make a plan for your confident new look.

  • Wig care – how to look after your wig well so it lasts and looks good all the way through your treatment
  • Facing hair loss - if you have just started chemotherapy and feel anxious or frightened about what’s ahead
  • Supporting your loved ones - how you can best support your family member facing hair loss

Each patient receiving treatment in the ANCHOR Unit has access to the referral scheme for an NHS-funded wig, while Friends of ANCHOR provides patients with their first head covering for free, for both men and women, in a variety of colours and patterns.

Podiatry service

Currently, our podiatry service is available within the inpatient wards of the ANCHOR Unit, one day a week, for any patient experiencing problems with their feet or lower limbs.

The service, delivered by our podiatrist Kay, offers assessment, treatment if required, and education to support patient's foot care needs.

Appointments are available for ANCHOR patients within Ward 112 and Ward 114 at ARI. Please speak to a member of our wellbeing team (look out for the people in red T-shirts) to book your appointment. 

Hair loss support service

Sunshine post

During this time where there are visitor limitations in place, we know how hard it must be not to have a welcome visit from a loved one.

In the meantime, our ‘Sunshine Post’ is here to help bring a ray of sunshine into your room. We’re encouraging friends and family of patients to post photos, write a letter, pen a poem, send a card or get the kids, grandkids or talented friends to draw/paint something that can be displayed to brighten your day.

We will print, laminate and ensure safety measures are taken before delivering your personalised post to your room.

Make sure to let your family and friends know about this scheme and ask them to email for more information on how to take part.

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