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St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne

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$41,396.29 raised

Target: $50,000


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We hope you will join us in going Dry this July and help us to continue to provide the best possible care to our Cancer patients at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

If you would like to join the St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne TEAM, please sign up to Dry July by using the link on the left and then then head to Thank you!

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne provides the very best in patient care to people from all walks of life, especially those in need. St Vincent’s is known as the people’s hospital, treating more than 57,000 patients a year. This year we are celebrating saving lives for 125 years.

Our Cancer Centre team make it their mission to provide the very best patient care to all of their patients. The Cancer Centre Chemotherapy Day Unit provides specialised treatment to 28 patients a day, both from the metropolitan and rural Victoria and the 6th floor look after inpatients that need further care and cancer treatment.

This year the hospital is celebrating its 125th birthday and we have set an ambitious fundraising target of $50,000 to supply vital equipment and supplies to our cancer patients. Below are the items on our wish list:

• Additional scalp cooling cap machines. Due to the success we have had with our first cooling cap machine, it’s now in high demand. We would like to be able to offer this hair saving treatment to more of our patients = $40,000
• “Fresenius Medical Care” Treatment Chairs - which will maximise comfort during long treatments = $6,260 each
• The Connex Spot Monitor (blood pressure machine) which accurately monitors vital measurements including blood pressure averaging, spot checking, interval monitoring and custom scoring for patients = $5,000 each
• Re-useable waterproof covers for PICC’s 50 @ $39.90 = $2000
• Basic over ear headphones for the patient TV’s x 100 @ $5.95 = $595
• Moo goo oncology packs 20 @ $17.50 = $350
• Some fake plants to jazz up the sun room/patient lounge area = $250
• Some exercise equipment eg. Light hand weights, resistance bands, some good quality exercise mats (that can be wiped down as per infection control) = $150
• Small comfort items to help with patient wellbeing during their treatment. This is provides patents with access to newspapers, tea bags, biscuits and flowers to help them and their family feel relaxed and comfortable during their treatment at the Centre.

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Furnishings and Equipment

St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne used Dry July 2015 funds to improve patients' comfort by purchasing:

- 2 special vital signs monitors which are less likely to cause discomfort when taking blood pressure readings

- Beds to enable overnight visitors

- Additional chairs for patient areas

- A Stedy transfer aid to transport ambulant patients from bed side to bathroom or chair to help patients preserve energy and reduce fatigue

- 2 patient bedside chairs with high backs

- A blanket warming cabinet for Oncology

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Congratulations, we made it!

Congratulations to all of our Dry July supporters this year. You did it! What a fantastic effort. A whole month without alcohol, and all for an extraordinary cause – you should be very proud, we certainly are!

We are so thrilled with the donations St Vincent’s has received this year and are hopeful to see the overall tally continue to rise as we see out the month of August. Every dollar you’ve donated will go directly to the cause, benefiting our cancer patients, making a difficult time in their lives just that little bit easier. THANK YOU. 

We look forward to sharing with you all the benefits from this year’s fundraising efforts.  

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Thank You from St Vincent's

Thank you for helping to make a difference to the lives of people receiving their treatment in the St. Vincent’s Cancer Centre. We acknowledge that this can be a very difficult and daunting time for patients. These challenges affect not only those with cancer but their family and friends too. With funds raised from previous years’ Dry In July campaigns we have been able to introduce extras that have helped make the Cancer Centre more welcoming, supportive and comforting. Funds raised in past campaigns have meant that while receiving their cancer treatment, patients are now able to relax in a massage chair and listen to their favourite music. All visitors are welcomed the view of fresh flowers and the greenery of an internal garden. We are excited to be the beneficiaries of another Dry in July campaign so that we can continue to add improvements to our centre that will help ease the burden of receiving treatment for cancer.

Sue-Anne McLachlan MBBS MSc FRACP

Director Oncology

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Herbal Tea

St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne used a portion of funds from Dry July 2015 to purchase complimentary Tea Drop Pyramid Tea for patients to enjoy.

The herbal tea helps with relaxation.

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New Treatment Chairs

Two additional chairs were purchased by the St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne Cancer Centre enabling treatment to more patients. Additional chairs will mean that patients can have the option of choosing a bed or a chair for their chemotherapy treatment. Treatment times vary and some patients prefer a chair to a bed and the two more chairs will make a real difference.

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