Close to you in service

Mindfulness course

Through our Friends of ANCHOR patient community you have access to a fully-funded mindfulness course freely available to every member of the group. Mindfulness can be a great resource to equip you with the tools and practices to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety.

Entry points for the free, 8-week courses are available throughout the year, with classes available to access from the comfort of home.

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 7 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

Until the podiatry service is back in action within the wards, our aerial podiatry clinic is available for any ANCHOR outpatients experiencing problems with their feet or lower limbs.

The service, delivered by our podiatrist Emily, offers assessment, treatment if required, and education to support your foot care needs.

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 wellbeing@friendsofanchor.org for more information on how to take part.

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