Gloves aid patients getting treatment

Fiona Holdsworth, oncology nurse specialist at Hexham hospital with Roger de Courcey, Alison Gowman and Brendan Healy.
Fiona Holdsworth, oncology nurse specialist at Hexham hospital with Roger de Courcey, Alison Gowman and Brendan Healy.
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Patients receiving treatment for cancer in North Tyneside are set to benefit from a donation of specialist gloves from an ancient establishment.

The Worshipful Company of Glovers of London donated nine pairs of cryotherapy gloves to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

They keep the hands of patients undergoing chemotherapy cold, helping to prevent damage to the fingers and nailbeds, which is a common side effect.

The gloves are to be used in the oncology day units in North Tyneside, Wansbeck, Hexham and Berwick.

Oncology nurse specialist Fiona Holdsworth, said: “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 recieving 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.”