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Nepean Cancer Centre, Penrith

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Nepean Cancer Centre provides a comprehensive cancer service for both inpatients and outpatients offering medical oncology, radiation oncology, haematology, and palliative care services at Nepean Hospital. We support the Penrith, Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and Lithgow regions.

Our aim is to use money raised through Dry July to:

- Improve patient thoroughfares and make clinic rooms more comfortable
- New recliner chairs
- New palliative care beds and mattresses
- Entertainment items, virtual reality goggles integrated with a playstation.
- Radiation therapist treatment bed.
- App for patient queue flow system.

We have a collaborative approach to patient centred care, including a strong affiliation with palliative care consultants along with community resources available in the community. Our multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment and healing encompasses physical, emotional and social care. The centre offers a team of psycho-oncology and allied health staff to give our patients the extra support they may need.

Latest Updates

Niki Pumps and Ambulatory Pumps

Nepean Cancare Care Centre recently used Dry July funds to purchase equipment which allow patients to continue treatment in the comfort of their own home

Niki pumps are commonly used in the palliative care setting to manage symptoms towards the end of life. Niki Pumps facilitate the gradual, continual infusion of medications via the subcutaneous route to patients over a 24 hour period of time to facilitate safe, consistent, easy to manage medication administration. The pump is refilled daily by nurses and the dose can be adjusted in response to changes in symptoms. Having the capacity to discharge people to their own homes or nursing home with a Nikki pump enables them to be in their own environment with their loves ones for end of life.

CADD pumps are a small device that can connect canisters of drugs to and run for a period of a week if needed. Being able to infuse the drugs with the use of these pumps means the client can go home after the first 8 days. Each cycle continues for 28 days. The client only needs to come in to dayward twice a week for canister and battery change. This gives them quality time at home with their families.

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Palliative care beds so patients can stay at home

"The palliative care beds donated though fundraising by the Nepean Cancer Carers Dry July team and other fundraisers [for Nepean Cancer Care Centre] have been a welcome addition to our loan pool. These beds allow our clients to remain at home during some of the most stressful times for them and their loved ones. Clients are able to be cared for in a safe environment for them allowing their loved ones, the nursing staff and other supports to provide care and at the same time reduce the risk of possible harm to all.

The beds allow the clients to be positioned comfortably and to prevent pressure injuries with the addition of an air mattress. Clients are able to transfer with more ease on to other equipment including chairs, as the height can be adjusted to enable this. Linen is provided if required but the client is able to have his/her own, including pillows and more personalised coverings. 

Thank you for helping us to help our clients and their loved ones."

Colin Ellis, Deputy Director Community Health , Hawkesbury District Health Service, NSW

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Nepean Cake stall for Dry July

Some photos of our amazing cake stall today. Thanks to the extremely kind donations of Patients, families, friends of school friends and staff who made this event such a great success. We have raised over $1,000. Towards are Dry July campaign 

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Nepean Cancer Care Centre BBQ for Dry July

Great event today to raise funds and awareness of the 2017 Dry July campaign for Nepean. The event was proudly supported by I.L.S. ;  thanks to all who helped and attended, it all adds up!!

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Sunshade at Hope Cottage - funds provided by Dry July

This is our new sunshade for Hope cottage purchased from Dry July funds - a big thank you to participants and donors.

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