Staff at Nepean Cancer Care Centre have just unpacked new pressure cushions, funded by Dry July. These will provide patients with much needed pressure care at home and within an inpatient setting. The centre has also purchased pressure mattresses.Pressure care equipment is designed to prevent the occurrence of and treatment of pressure related medical conditions, which occur after sitting or lying in one position for too long.
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Nepean Cancer Care Centre is located in Penrith and sees more than 220 patients a day. With this number growing rapidly the support we receive from Dry July helps us to purchase specialised equipment and fund projects such as laser therapy, artwork and murals to create ambiance, wellness programs and new wigs for the wig library. Cancer affects the mind, body and spirit, which is why Nepean Cancer Care Centre offers a holistic approach to treatment and healing, encompassing physical, emotional, social and spiritual care. We understand that this can be a difficult and often frightening time for patients, as well as for their family and friends.
Last year Dry July funded our first Wellness Exercise Program that has shown to improve our patients’ physical, mental wellbeing and recovery journey. This year we wish to continue funding to support the Wellness program, install images on the ceiling of our radiation treatment room to help reduce patient anxiety and purchase equipment to help improve the comfort and care of patients affected by cancer.
Improvements at Nepean Hospital, Penrith
Nepean Cancer Care Centre installed new chairs with funds from Dry July 2013. The centre also purchased pressure care cushions, an umbrella wrap machine, high pressure mattress overlays, and a bladder scanner.
Two luminous LED skylights are also being installed in the centre’s radiotherapy bunker areas.
Upgrades at Nepean CCC Waiting Area
Nepean Cancer Care Centre Courtyard
The NCCC in Penrith recently completed renovation of their courtyard area, funded by Dry July 2011. The outdoor area is a place for cancer patients and their families to get some fresh air away from the busy waiting area.
Complete with plenty of seating, a bubbling fountain, and calming vegetation it is a space in which patients can relax peacefully. Prior to refurbishment patients were not able to access this space.