Complementary therapy


The complementary therapy service for patients was started at the Royal Free Hospital in 1992, by Keith Hunt MBE, as a voluntary massage service for referred cancer patients. Keith has expanded the service considerably and is now the full-time paid complementary therapies co-ordinator and leads a team of qualified therapists which includes permanent staff and volunteers.

In 2010/11, the team provided more than 21,000 treatments for both patients and staff at the Royal Free - the youngest patient being 5 years old and the eldest 101; a clear indication of the extraordinary, wide-ranging appeal of complementary therapy. 

All patients, with any medical condition, can be considered for treatment by the team. In-patients are given a gentle 15 minute massage in the comfort of their own bed, or bedside chair, whilst those undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy as out-patients can also enjoy a treatment in our very comfortable room on the 2nd floor (access via the Pond Street stairs/lifts). 

Complementary therapy services is supported by the Royal Free Charity.


Do you have an appointment?

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  • The Royal Free Hospital

    Pond Street
    NW3 2QG 

    Patient enquiries: 0207 794 050 x 38927


Referral details

In-patients: The patients we treat must be referred to us by their medical / nursing / physiotherapy team. Just let them know that you'd like to be added to our patient list. Once we've received the referral form, we should be able to see you within 24 hours (Monday-Friday).
Chemotherapy out-patients: please let your nurse know, when you arrive, that you would like a massage.
Radiotherapy out-patients: please mention us to your radiotherapy review specialist who will send us referral details.