The Andrew Love Cancer Centre Chemo Dayward is currently undergoing a huge redevelopment. This is a project that has been 100% funded by the community through fundraising and donations. With no extra funds to replace the old TV's that patients use while having chemo in their chairs, Barwon Health were going to put the old TV's back in the Centre once the redevelopment was finished.
This year the funds raised for Barwon Health Andrew Love Cancer Centre, plus an early grant from The Dry July Foundation Victoria, will be used to purchase a state-of-the-art entertainment system, for each of the 16 chemo stations, called the 'Siemens HiMed Cockpit Bedside Solution'
Patients will have access to the latest technology to watch TV, play games, listen to the radio, order food, send emails and surf the internet. The system also has the capability to allow for video conferencing so that patients can communicate with doctors in a major city whilst having treatment providing 'real-time' discussions with their clinician. An integrated webcam even makes it possible for friends and relatives to pay a virtual visit to the hospital. The portal can also host education and information content put together by the Cancer Centre to educate patients about their treatment and illness.
A valuable addition to the refurbished Dayward and one which will certainly make treatment a little bit more bearable.