Living Wall Art at Liverpool Cancer Treatment Centre
Dry July has provided funding to install light boxes that project scenic images whilst patients are receiving treatment. The patients lay in the “linacs” for up to 20 minutes daily over approximately 6 weeks. The scenic images gives the patient a nice environment to relax and view rather than feeling anxious with nothing to distract them from their treatment. Currently patients look at the white roof.
One patient said, "it’s beautiful, very colourful and fun. Where I was being treated, having these on the ceiling is great and a distraction". Other patients said it brightens up the hallway. The overall feedback from patients and their families/carers has been very positive. Many patients have mentioned how they enjoy seeing the large colourful light boxes and have mentioned that they find it very nice and comforting to have the colourful distraction during treatment.
Streaming Music for Radiation Therapy Patients
Patients attending radiation therapy at Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre requested music in the linacs to help ease anxiety and boredom, to help make their treatment a more relaxed experience. Some patients can be in the linac room for up to an hour twice a day.
The Centre purchased iPads and iTunes vouchers to implement this service.
Wellness Centre programs continue at Liverpool Hospital
Funding from Dry July continues to support the Wellness Centre at Liverpool Hospital, directly the Wellness Manager role and the 'Pamper Project'.
Programs offered at the centre include Tai Chi, Qigong, meditation, acupuncture, cooking, gardening, zumba, and exercise physiology.
Greg Webb, the Wellness Manager, received the Cancer Services Directors Award for South Western Sydney Local Health District in 2017.
This award celebrates individuals and teams for their collaborative efforts in raising the standard and profile of SWSLHD Cancer services. It recognises excellence in community engagement and highlights initiatives and programs that improve outcomes or experiences for patients, families and the community.
There is a groundswell of interest in the benefits of supportive health to Cancer treatment, and in keeping with this emerging evidence, Greg has developed new partnerships to deliver supportive therapies and programs for patients and their carers’. By reaching out to external providers, multiple new programs have commenced and new referral pathways developed to assist patients in accessing our service, and achieving and maintaining their best health.
Congratulations to Greg and the team for the work on these wonderful programs.
Dry July funded curtain in radiography ward - A patient's feedback
Some feedback from Mr Saxby was that he was really impressed with the curtains and thought the idea was great, he said it was a nice distraction when you are waiting in the Radbay and liked that it brought some colour there too.
Another patient also voiced her delight last Friday as she had recently been to a wedding where one of the photos was actually taken so it was nice that she was able to smile as it made her think of a happy memory. We also had a patient and her mother today comment how nice it was to see the lovely landscapes.
So far it seems these were a really good purchase!
Reflected legacy at Liverpool Hospital - funded by Dry July
Reflected legacy is a groundbreaking arts and health program at Liverpool Hospital. Led by visual artist Flutter Lyon, this project compliments the holistic care of cancer patients in palliative care, while enhancing and changing the physical environment for patients, families and staff on the ward.
Why the program exists
When we tell our stories, it gives us a way of sharing and reflecting upon the life we are living, free expression and story telling offers a deepened sense of connection to the value and meaning of our individual and shared life experiences.
It can bring comfort, celebration and beauty during challenging time in our lives, encouraging the recall of memories and key points in our life that we have felt free, joyous, loving and love, strong and hopeful. By remembering what we have done and seeing the powerful nature of our human experience, it can help empower us to find the strength and bravery we might desire now.
What the Program Does
This powerful experience, when taken into the palliative care space, provides tangible outcomes
- patients report improvements to their mood, pain management, appetite and sleep patterns;
- families report feeling uplifted and more connected; and
- staff report new insights into patient care and a greater sense of care, support and resilience
within the ward environment
Who the Project is For
Patients and loved ones engaged in the Palliative Care services at Liverpool Hospital.