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.
Northern Sydney Cancer & Palliative Care Network (based at Royal North Shore Hospital)
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By choosing the Northern Sydney Cancer & Palliative Care Network (which covers Royal North Shore, Hornsby, Ryde and Mona Vale Hospitals) as your beneficiary, you’ll be supporting people with cancer who visit our centre for treatment from across NSW.
In 2019, the Northern Sydney Cancer & Palliative Care Network hopes to continue its “Patient Wellbeing Program” which supports patients and their loved ones affected by cancer across the Northern Sydney region. This essential program supports wellbeing before, during and after cancer treatment.
The program includes:
• Help to manage the side effects of cancer treatment, such as hair loss, through our Wig Library;
• Quick access to financial assistance to help with the costs of treatment;
• Relaxation and meditation classes;
• Supportive care with the treating team that they know and trust.
Your generosity will help ensure our patients have ongoing access to quality local support. We treat people from all over NSW and rely solely on donations to provide these important programs.
We need your help to keep them going so please sign up for Dry July in 2019 and choose Northern Sydney Cancer & Palliative Care Network as your beneficiary!
Acupuncture at RNSH
Royal North Shore Hospital is using funds to include acupuncture therapy in its integrative medicine program.
Studies suggest that acupuncture may help cancer patients with relieving chemotherapy-induced nausea and pain after surgery, reducing depression and anxiety, and improving sleep and immune function.
Pink Pilates at Royal North Shore Hospital
Royal North Shore Hospital is using funds from Dry July to offer Pink Pilates to cancer patients at Northern Sydney Cancer Centre.
An evidenced based exercise program to aid patients in their recovery following cancer therapy, Pink Pilates is conducted by accredited physiotherapists. The program has been modified to meet the diverse needs of patients recovering from cancer diagnosis and therapies.
RNSH Day Treatment Courtyard
Soon after opening the Unit, staff realised the courtyard was not accessible to patients. Consulting rooms face the courtyard and the bamboo was planted with the intention of creating privacy. However bamboo tends to grow tall without leaves on their lower areas. This means there is no privacy for patients being examined at the consulting rooms. A glass screen and water feature have been constructed and are awaiting installation, thanks to Dry July funds.
Staff and patients of the Day Treatment Unit asked for enhancement in the courtyard design features to allow for the space to be more accessible and create privacy buffer for the consulting rooms that also face the courtyard. The planted bamboo in the courtyard was found not to be appropriate.
People spoke about the soothing property of water. Due to the difficulties in having a real water feature, a mosaic was designed by artist Angela Nashaat to bring the idea of a pond into the courtyard. Thanks to Dry July funding, Angela was contracted and 8 m mosaic pond created for the courtyard. The work is ready for installation, only waiting for the removal of the bamboo and preparation of the base where the mosaic will be laid.
A glass screen was designed by Health and Arts Research Centre, Inc. to integrate a privacy screen that has aesthetic values from both the consulting rooms and the courtyard.
The work was done in consultation with staff and has been produced. At the moment it is seating in the manufactures warehouse in Melbourne waiting for Thiess to do the concrete footings to hold the glass.
Northern Sydney Cancer Centre
NSCC at Royal North Shore Hospital is using support from Dry July 2013 to fund:
- inpatient care packs
- fresh flowers
- show bags (for patients’ children)
- refreshments for patients
- chair bed recliner
- clothing bags
- wig library
- camcorder (for recording patient stories)
- library replenishment
- book case
- iPad cases
- men’s health sessions
- DVD players