Boutique style changing room for breast cancer patients

Burnley General Hospital

Burnley General Hospital

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A boutique fitting room is to be created in the new Breast Care Unit at Burnley General Hospital so that women undergoing breast cancer treatment there can leave with “their heads held high.”

The room is designed for women while they are fitted with prosthetics and at the same time they will be able to view the latest in specialist lingerie, swimwear, wigs and bandanas.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation is funding what will be a relaxing environment designed to showcase products and also help women better cope mentally and emotionally with any physical changes that their breast cancer and its treatment may have brought.

The boutique style room will have an upmarket feel rather than that of a hospital treatment room.

Through its grant of £5,006, Rosemere is also refurbishing a counselling room within the unit. It too is being re-designed to be less clinical in the hope that its new comfortable and calming environment will help alleviate some of the stress associated with a cancer diagnosis. The rooms will be unveiled in the Spring.

Helen Lawrence, Lead Breast Care Nurse at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Environment is now a key factor in the provision of care for cancer patients and creating ‘healing environments’ has been shown to improve treatment outcomes.

We want to help banish negative body image, which many women experience as a result of breast cancer.”