A North East health facility has been named as one of the UK’s top five cancer-friendly spas by a leading national newspaper.

The Spa at Ramside is the only one in the north of England to feature in the Sunday Times’ top five spas which support cancer patients.

It comes after a recent survey by the Spa Business School revealed that 97per cent of spas and salons in the UK would refuse to treat people with cancer.

Last year, the spa at Ramside Hall Hotel became the first in the UK to become part of Wellness for Cancer, an international organisation which offers training within the spa industry to work with people affected by the condition.

As a result, staff are fully trained in massage, manicures and pedicures which have been created to ensure anyone with the disease can feel relaxed and comfortable.

Reception and reservation staff also underwent training to ensure they are knowledgeable when speaking to affected clients.

The training also involved learning about the condition and the importance of mindfulness – a technique which helps people live in the present and shift the focus away from worrying about the future.

Now the spa has been identified as one of the top five in the UK – and the only one north of Leicestershire – to properly support cancer patients.

Jill Russell, spa director, is proud of the work the spa and its staff have done to help cancer patients and their families. “Our affiliation with Wellness for Cancer is one of its biggest and most important achievements to date,” she said.

“Since we got on board, we have all been on quite a journey and have learned so much about how this service can really help people.

“We were thrilled when we learnt that we had been recommended by the Sunday Times but ultimately our aim is to ensure everyone living with the condition is aware that our door is always open.

“We believe that our mindfulness and Wellness for Cancer programme can enhance peoples’ lives and we want to be able to help as many people as we can.”

For further information on the Spa at Ramside’s Wellness for Cancer services as well as all of its other treatments, visit the website: www.ramsidespa.co.uk.