Gloves will aid patients

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.

Patients receiving treatment for cancer in Northumberland 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 of receiving the life-saving treatment.

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

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 receiving their treatment with us.”