SVHM has purchased yoga mats for use in cancer centre's mindfulness program for cancer patients, with the aim being to reduce anxiety and induce relaxation.
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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 https://www.dryjuly.com/teams/st-vincent-s-hospital-melbourne-2. 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.
St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne has been able to stock a supply of Tim Tam biscuits for patients receiving chemotherapy.
The Tim Tams are offered to patients and their families whilst undergoing treatment for cancer. Foods such as Tim Tams which are high in calories have been found to be beneficial to patients with cancer who are at a high risk of malnutrition due to their treatment and have been recommended by our dietician.
St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne has been able to offer our patient a selection of magazines for the Cancer Centre, Oncology ward and for Caritas Palliative Care patients to read while in the waiting room and while undergoing chemotherapy and other therapies that require sitting for long periods, all thanks to Dry July supporters.
Drink bottles are provided to St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne patients as part of the STV Cancer Centre Pack given to every new patient commencing chemotherapy, as a means of encouraging them to drink water while having treatment.
These bottles have been purchase courtesy of support from Dry July.
Following chemotherapy or radiation therapy, some patients suffer from dry, red, irritated and sensitive skin which can be uncomfortable and painful. St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne has sought out and purchases a care pack to help patients hydrate, protect, soothe and care for their skin during and after treatment. Another side effect of treatment can be cold hands and feet. To combat this, we’ve included some cosy MooGoo socks to help keep warm.