Dry July grant to provide a safe space for families
We're proud to announce that Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospital Cancer Centre has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation.
The grant will go towards the following:
• Children’s Play Area, to provide a safe space for patient's families to spend whilst their parent/caregiver/family member is undergoing treatment
Catering to Patients at Blacktown Hospital
Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre will used 2016 Dry July fundraising to continue to offer complimentary pamper packs to patients. These little care packages include organic natural products like body lotion, hand cream, massage oil and soap. The centre was able to offer these for the first time in 2016 (using money raised through Dry July last year) and it was a great success with both patients and staff.
The centre will also use funds to contract an exercise physiologist to conduct yoga classes for cancer patients at Blacktown Hospital. Some funding will be used to purchase equipment required. Yoga may help some patients reduce common side effects of treatment such as sleep issues, fatigue, nausea and anxiety. It can also assist with recovery and empower patients to follow a healthy lifestyle whilst undergoing treatment.
Care Packs and Care Information
Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre is the recipient of two grant awards from the Dry July Foundation, which will be used towards:
- Pamper care packs for cancer patients
- Mobile devices which will better enable care coordinators to respond to individual patient and carer needs with information resources
Blacktown Hospital’s Inaugural Dry July
2015 was Blacktown Hospital’s first campaign as a Dry July beneficiary. Hospital staff can’t wait to start using funds in the new cancer centre when it opens in the coming months.
Funds will go towards:
- Portable entertainment (tablets with docking stations and a movie and music library) for patients.
- 2 electric recliner chairs with mobile base to be used for cancer and palliative patients enduring extended sit-out times, and for maintaining pressure relieving care. These chairs will be used in the Mt Druitt Palliative Care unit as well as the Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre inpatient unit.
- An automatic coffee machine for the chemotherapy unit patient lounge.
- Landscape mural artwork to adorn the infusion centre patient lounge area walls, which are currently bare concrete..
- Introduction of a music therapy program in the inpatient unit, to improve patients’ well-being during care and reduce anxiety.