Thanks to the extraordinary efforts and generosity of Dry July participants like you in 2018, Mater in Brisbane has been able to refurbish the oncology patient lounge on one of their wards.
Mater’s clinicians and nurses identified that patients and their families needed a quiet, private area, to spend time with their family and friends, while also being able to have difficult discussions regarding their cancer treatment and disease progression. With your generous help, the patient lounge has now been beautifully refurbished and is available for patients and their families to use.
Natalie Lanyon, a Social Work Team Leader at Mater says “the refurbishment of the lounge has given our patients and their family and friends a comfortable space, offering some privacy and an area for them to be together in a non-medical space, during what is often a very difficult time in their lives. As a Dry July participant you have made this happen. Thank you so much.”
For patients in the end stages of life, the oncology lounge is able to offer so much more than just a comfortable space; it’s a space where they can connect, laugh and reminisce with family and friends. Often patients have compromised immune systems and are unable to leave the ward areas in hospital. But thanks to people like you, they now have a space away from the clinical area to be with their loved ones.
The lounge also provides an area for important discussions and supportive conversations with family members, who may be grieving the imminent loss of their loved one.
Mater’s oncology ward is 28 bed ward, which cares for cancer patients year round; from symptom management to investigations into the progress of their disease and, sometimes, end of life care.
Thanks to your enthusiasm, commitment and support of Dry July you have made such a lasting impact on cancer patients and their families. Thank you for making a real difference to their lives.