With its floor to ceiling cupboards, glass shelving and relaxing tub chairs, set around a coffee table, it will be a world away from the usual hospital treatment room, which is exactly what Lead Breast Care Nurse Helen Lawrence, who has been working on its design, wants. For while the room will be used to fit women, who have undergone breast surgery, with prosthetics, there will be space enough for them to view the latest in specialist lingerie, swimwear, wigs and bandanas. Helen 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. “By creating a boutique so women can see, touch and try products that may help them feel better about themselves and give them back confidence, our aim is for our ladies to walk out with their heads held high. We want to help banish negative body image, which many women experience as a result of breast cancer and its treatment by showing patients swimming costumes and bras that are just as pretty, feminine and on trend as anything they may have bought in the past. Our hope is that this will better empower them to face the future.” Rosemere’s grant of £5,006 to the unit will also enable the refurbishment of a counselling room so it too is less clinical and more comfortable.