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Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital

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Calvary Mater Newcastle is the major cancer care centre for the Hunter New England Local Health District, delivering more than 370,000 occasions of outpatient services and in excess of 17,000 inpatient treatments per year. As the region’s only public oncology hospital, we treat a lot of patients who travel a great distance to have their treatment.

All funds raised through Dry July go to our oncology services and assist in providing items of comfort and care for patients and their families. If you fundraise for Calvary Mater Newcastle this year you’ll be supporting the hospital to purchase the following equipment and projects:
• New treatment chairs for the Day Treatment Centre
• A blanket warmer for the Melanoma Unit
• Enhance and update equipment in the Occupational Therapy Oncology Equipment Loan Program
• New electronically adjustable patient chairs and a portable O2 concentrator pack for the Haematology Ward
• General occupational therapy equipment for the Haematology Ward including SAM overlay mattresses and a tilt in space electric mobile shower commode
• Communication boards and items of comfort and care for Ward 5B (Oncology) patients

Latest Updates

Humidifiers Purchased

“Humidification is proven to reduce the incidence of mucositis in patients receiving radiotherapy for head and neck cancers.  

“Last year the Radiation Oncology Department was fortunate to receive funds from Dry July to purchase two humidifiers for our patients to use at home. 

“We now have five humidifiers which are usually lent out to our patients for periods of approximately three months. It is fantastic to be able to provide this equipment for our patients comfort and care. Thank you.”

Ashley Powell, Nurse Unit Manager, Radiation Oncology

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Ward 5A MAAZ Waiting Room Refurbishment

Marissa Ledlin, NUM Ward 5A / Medical Assessment & Admission Zone at Calvary Mater Newcastle, expressed gratitude to Dry July supporters, saying:

“The funds donated through Dry July have allowed us to breathe ‘new life’ into our ward’s waiting room. Before this renovation, our patients’ friends and family lacked a comfortable place to sit and rest or for discussions with staff to take place. The room was tired, old and not very functional.

“However, thanks to Dry Julyers we now have a lovely new room that flows with the rest of the unit. I have received many comments from our visitors on what a nice, relaxing and comfortable space it has been transformed into. It meets our visitors’ needs perfectly and we are so grateful this transformation could take place. Thank you.”

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Refurbished Waiting Room at Calvary Mater Newcastle

“On behalf of staff, patients, their family and friends, I would like to thank Dry Julyers for their fundraising efforts on behalf of Calvary Mater Newcastle. 

The Haematology Ward Waiting Room was fortunate to benefit from a makeover thanks to Dry Julyers generosity.

This area allows patients and their families and friends to have a haven away from the ward. The new couches and lounge chairs provide comfort for those who need to wait – whether that is for doctor reviews, investigation results, transport, outpatient bookings, etc. 

The room also adds a bit of colour and comfort to our patient’s lives during their stay on the ward as commonly patients stay in our care for at least a month. The room presents the opportunity for a change of scenery and some home comforts. 

It is so lovely to walk past the room and see patients and their carers having the opportunity to not only relax in a comfortable setting, but also have the chance to chat with other people going through similar circumstances.

We thank you all for your commitment and kindness to help make this makeover happen.” 

- Olivia Edwards, Acting Nursing Unit Manager on Ward 5C/D (Haematology)

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Oncology Meditation Group at Calvary Mater Hospital

“The Oncology Meditation Group runs weekly for patients and their carers, helping to provide opportunities and support to learn and practice meditation techniques. Our members are often asking about ways they can continue with their practice outside of the group.

In response to this Dry July funds have provided us with an expansion of our resources to include a library of meditation CD’s and books for members to borrow so they can continue with their practice at home. Funding was also provided for a display cabinet to hold our existing and new resources, enabling easy access for both our members and therapists running the group.

The resources have been well received with members borrowing each week. We are very grateful to Dry Julyers and their supporters for helping us to improve our resources and service to our patients and their carers.”

- Peta Parsons, Occupational Therapist

Haematology Waiting Room Refurbishment

Olivia Edwards, Acting Nursing Unit Manager on Ward 5C/D (Haematology), said:

“On behalf of staff, patients, their family and friends, I would like to thank Dry Julyers for their fundraising efforts on behalf of Calvary Mater Newcastle.

“The Haematology Ward Waiting Room was fortunate to benefit from a makeover thanks to Dry Julyers generosity.

“This area allows patients and their families and friends to have a haven away from the ward. The new couches and lounge chairs provide comfort for those who need to wait – whether that is for doctor reviews, investigation results, transport, outpatient bookings, etc.

“The room also adds a bit of colour and comfort to our patient’s lives during their stay on the ward as commonly patients stay in our care for at least a month. The room presents the opportunity for a change of scenery and some home comforts.

“It is so lovely to walk past the room and see patients and their carers having the opportunity to not only relax in a comfortable setting, but also have the chance to chat with other people going through similar circumstances.

“We thank you all for your commitment and kindness to help make this makeover happen.” 

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