Support for Patients and Families at Royal North Shore Hospital
Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney is using Dry July funds to expand programs which offer support to both patients and their families, with expanded accommodation and transport projects in the works for 2016.
Funds from Dry July have also gone towards the hospital’s Can Support program in previous years and will help to expand this program across the Northern Sydney Local Health District in 2016. The program offers cancer information resources and support to patients from across Northern Sydney.
Sky ceilings at Royal North Shore Hospital
Royal North Shore Hospital has been able to install sky ceilings in the radiotherapy bunkers at the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre using money from Dry July.
Installing Sky Ceilings makes an intimidating medical equipment a little more welcoming. It creates a positive, patient friendly environment. The patient experience is enhanced through these surroundings; it also helps the caregiver, nurse and doctor because patients are more cooperative. Art on dropped ceiling tiles and wall murals in healthcare settings has been proven to lower blood pressure, speed up recovery times and reduce overall stress and anxiety in patients.
Murals at Royal North Shore Hospital
Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney recently completed installation of eight large photographic murals designed and produced for the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Radiotherapy. The right to use the images was kindly donated by the local photographers and the work sponsored by Dry July. The material used is very special, offering anti-bacterial and microbial MRSA protection.
Activity Bags for Children
Dry July supports adult cancer patients and their families. Royal North Shore Hospital has used funds to ensure children attending appointments with their parents are kept busy and distracted.
The children who came to Northern Sydney Cancer Centre were pleasantly surprised with the activities bags. They contained colouring pencils and books, children’s story and picture books, an origami crane together with paper and instructions to make another one, and a soft toy.
“The activities bags went like hot cakes” said the receptionist. “It would be really good to be able to have more activities bags.”
Accommodation for Cancer Patients on Sydney’s Lower North Shore
Royal North Shore Hospital has used Dry July funds to hire two rooms at two Mary Mackillop Anderledy Lodge for a year, to provide accommodation for cancer patients from out of town whom require cancer treatment such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy at the RNSH. This will benefit many patients over the year, especially for patients that are financially compromised.