Multibed Community Acupuncture
The Hope Community Acupuncture Centre is a Low-cost, Multi-Bed Clinic set up within the Birchfield Big Local (BBL), with an aim to help support local residents living with Chronic illness. It was developed in partnership with BBL, a cohesive community group working to improve the lives and well-being of the residents of BBL.
Acupuncture is well known to be effective for a variety of conditions. Unfortunately, it is not readily available on the NHS and many families find private treatments unaffordable, usually up to £45 per treatment. Our goal is to make acupuncture accessible and affordable to more people using a multibed approach.
What is a Multi-bed Acupuncture clinic?
Within a Multi-bed clinic, several people are treated together in one large room. This is normal practice in China, where acupuncture is part of mainstream healthcare. Many people find it comforting to have others around them rather than being isolated in a private room (Stone, 2006). Group treatment also creates a collective healing energy that enhances the effects of each individual’s treatment, and it allows families and friends to visit our clinic together. It isn’t always necessary to remove clothes, as the most commonly used points are on the arms and legs. Trousers and sleeves can be rolled up, or a skirt moved to one side. Where necessary, blankets and screens will be available. Acupuncture is most effective when received frequently and regularly. Since acupuncture needles usually take 20-40 minutes to do their work, practitioners are able to place needles in one patient, leave them to relax into their treatment, and then move on to another patient while remaining in the same room to supervise the patient. By treating more than one patient the cost of each treatment can be reduced.
Eligibility to the Service
You can self-refer. There is no need for a doctors referral. You do not need to be a resident of the Birchfield Big Local, but the treatment cost you pay will vary. However, this is still subsidised and much lower than what you would pay for a private treatment. The conditions most commonly treated are;
- Chronic Pain (back, shoulder, headache, leg and others)
- Anxiety & depression
- PMT symptoms
- Digestive problems e.g. IBS
- Sleep problems
- Other conditions (please contact us to discuss further)
Please note that this clinic is limited only to acupuncture treatments.
BBL residents: £8 – £12
Non residents: £17
Clinic Hours: Every Thursday 9.30 am – 12.00 pm
Venue: United Reform Church, 13 Wilton road, Handsworth, B20 3RX
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