The Health & Wellbeing Centre will offer complementary medicine to patients for free.
Prince Charles is giving back in a big way. According to the Daily Mail, Charles is creating a state-of-the-art clinic which will offer free ‘holistic’ care to patients who are referred by NHS doctors. Individuals battling everything from diabetes to cancer to obesity will be welcomed at the clinic, which is backed by the NHS and local authorities from the Health and Wellbeing Centre.
The holistic health care center will be built on the grounds of Dumfries House, described as a “stately” home in Ayrshire. Through the Prince’s Charities Foundation, Dumfries House was “rescued” by Charles in 2007 when it was put on the market for £45 million by the 7th Marquess of Bute. His intention was to save it for the nation. In addition to offering complementary therapies, the center will offer fitness and education programs.
At present, it is unknown which alternative therapies will be offered to patients at the clinic. However, a conference on “integrated” approaches to women’s health will take place this fall at the mansion, where reflexology, acupuncture, and homeopathy will be explored. Additionally, “health and wellbeing coordinators” have already been employed to run groups for women going through menopause.
Reportedly, private donors are funding the construction of the new Health & Wellbeing Centre, which includes two converted lodges and one new building. Profits generated from the Dumfries House serving as a tourist attraction will cover the costs of services, ensuring patients receive holistic healthcare for free.
Dietician Carolyn Paton, who is already employed as a coordinator for the Center, said: “Dumfries House Integrated Health programme is supported by rigorous research and assessment.” Deputy executive director of the Dumfries House, Kenneth Dunsmuir, added: “Our new Health and Wellbeing Centre will support local GPs and provide services that people need. It is about providing additional things that the NHS may not offer.”
Prince Charles is a long-time advocate of alternative healing modalities, despite receiving criticism over his support of complementary therapies on a repeated basis. In 2012, he asked the NHS to recognize “the core human elements of mind, body and spirit,” as well as simply treating disease. And, in 2015, he lobbied the last Labour Government to reform public spending plans in favor of complementary medicine. Charles also founded a charity in the 1990’s called the Foundation for Integrated Health, which promoted alternative medicine. It later was shut down in 2010, due to allegations of large-scale fraud by a former official.
Nonetheless, the Prince is following through with his plan to “save” Dumfries House and is even going one step further by constructing a holistic wellness center where individuals may receive alternative medical care for free. What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!