Day Treatment Centre and Education Room Refurbishments in Newcastle
As the region’s only public oncology hospital, Calvary Mater Newcastle diagnoses and treats thousands of patients every year, many of whom travel a great distance to receive their treatment.
From Monday to Friday, the Day Treatment Centre is a hive of activity as on average 40 patients per day are administered chemotherapy.
For anyone who has undergone cancer treatments, or has been close to someone who has, you will appreciate how gruelling the experience can be.
Kelly Randall, Day Treatment Centre Nursing Unit Manager, says, “Thanks to Dry July supporters, Calvary Mater Newcastle was able to purchase 10 iPads to help entertain patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The iPads help alleviate our patient’s boredom and helps to refocus their attention while undergoing treatment. The iPads are extremely popular and bring comfort to our patients when they need it most.”
The Day Treatment Centre’s Patient Waiting Room and Education Room also underwent a makeover to make it more homely and comfortable for patients and their family members. Gone is the room’s previously sterile walls and clinical feel and in its place is a bright, welcoming, comfortable environment.
The Education Room, used by nurses to consult with patients, has also benefitted from a makeover. It now provides a comfortable and practical environment for these conversations to take place.
Kelly says, “The refurbishment of this room is a fantastic addition to our department. We now have comfortable furniture and great storage, all with that homely feel.
“We want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible and with these refurbishments; we are able to provide that environment. Thank you Dry Julyers.”
Medical Centre Waiting Room refurbishments
From Monday to
Friday over 200 patients sit in the hospital’s Medical Centre Waiting Room before
attending a consultation with one of the hospital’s doctors or nurses.
room had a bland and sterile feel to it and upon patient’s requests and thanks
to Dry July funding this space has now been transformed into a comfortable,
homely and functional room.
Nursing Unit Manager at the Medical Centre, said:
“We are very
grateful to Dry Julyers and their supporters for funding this makeover. We
consulted with our patients throughout the makeover to ensure the changes would
be in line with their wishes and a lovely space would be created that would
bring comfort to our patients.
feedback requests were for the room to be ‘more homely and comfortable’ and for
an ‘area to be set aside for families, some for family groups of three or more
“The walls of the Medical Centre have now been painted in
softer tones to create warmth and that homely feel.
“The new chairs needed to be comfortable, as well as
serviceable, to enable support and allow all patients to get in and out of them
easily. We decided to replace some chairs with lounges and ottomans for
variable seating options and the waiting room has been reorganised
incorporating some family seating arrangements.
“Patients also requested reading material and access to the internet,
so we now have a magazine stand and have subscribed to a variety of magazines
to be placed for reading in the waiting room. Wireless access to the internet
and two laptops provided on our new trestle tables have also been made
available, much to our patient’s delight.
“We were also able to purchase sets of new coffee tables and
paintings to brighten up the walls. It has all made such a difference to the
look and feel of the room.
“A heartfelt thank you to everyone that took the time and
effort to participate in Dry July, your kindness has brought much joy and
comfort to our patients.”