Ruth Kaye at St James University Hospital, Leeds

Healing Trust Healer Ruth Kaye with representatives from many religions

Ruth Kaye (pictured bottom right) has been a practising Healer member (registered with us since 1984), employed as a Natural Healer by The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since 1991.

One to one sessions are carried out in Ruth`s Complementary Therapy room, which has been made ambient with special coloured lighting. This space offers a haven for cancer patients who attend, often referred from wards, clinics, radiotherapy departments, consultants and staff. The Healing received helps patients deal with and overcome some aspects of anticipatory sickness, panic attacks, fear of chemotherapy and the mask made for head and neck patients during radiotherapy sessions, lack of sleep and pain. No promises have ever been made but in the cancer support groups patients continue to attend the meditation sessions after many years. CDs are given out that allow patients to learn meditation and breathing techniques at home, which has proved very beneficial. Ruth also sees staff who are stressed. The number of patients Ruth sees each week averages 16-20 patients, families, bereaved and carers in the support groups. There are three different venues, one of which is in the Faith Centre and each day an average of 6 patients are seen on wards and in one to one sessions with patients and families.

Ruth works alone and the CDs are freely given to help anyone in need. Student nurses and radiotherapy students regularly attend sessions and groups. This has been pioneering work but now fully accepted.

The Bexley Wing is the largest cancer hospital in Europe and newly built as part of St James University Hospital, Leeds.

A film with interviews with staff and patients is on YouTube at

Contact Ruth Kaye at the hospital on 0113 2067428, email her at or visit her website: