Dry July funds have enabled RNSH to purchase a beeper system which allows our patients flexibility when waiting for their appointments. These systems enable patients to check in for their appointments and leave the waiting area if they’re early or there is a wait.
Ideally, cancer patients and their carers arrive for their treatment appointments on time and been seen on time. Unfortunately due to the best efforts of cancer centre staff, there are occasional delays.
The beepers allow patients to be at ease in knowing they won’t lose their appointment if they leave the area and can visit the cafe, go for a walk, or sit outside instead of sitting in the stark and sometimes uncomfortable waiting areas. Staff will activate the beepers to notify the patient to return to the waiting area shortly.
Royal North Shore Hospital installed the system with funds from Dry July in 2012.