Our charity this year is the Royal Free Hospital’s charity and we have chosen to support the complementary therapies given to patients.
The complementary therapy service for patients was started at the Royal Free in 1992 by Keith Hunt MBE as a voluntary massage service provided solely by him, for referred cancer patients. During the ensuing 8 years, patient numbers seen by Keith increased from 60 per year to 2,500. In the year 2000, in recognition of the demand for the service and the benefits felt by the patients, the Complementary Therapy department at the Royal Free was created and Keith was appointed as the head of the service. Keith Hunt MBE was honoured in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for outstanding services to complementary therapy at the Royal Free Trust.
Today, the Complementary Therapy service is part of the Royal Free Charity supported by the generosity of donors and fundraisers. Keith leads a team of qualified therapists and in 2016/17 they provided over 34,000 visits across many medical disciplines over multiple sites. Watch here to see how massage therapy at the Royal Free is influencing patient treatments around the world.
Our team of therapists include permanent staff and volunteers who provide years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in specialist areas. They are a very dedicated team who are a great source of support and comfort to many patients and their carers.
Main areas supported by Massage Therapy
Oncology (Surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy) • Dialysis • Neuro-rehabilitation • Surgery • Transplantation • ICU • Maternity Rheumatology and scleroderma • Infectious diseases • Care of the elderly