Making a difference at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
The hospital has been busy spending money received from Dry July in 2015. Some of the products and equipment purchased to make cancer patients at the cancer centre a little more comfortable include:
Visitor overnight beds
Patient bedside chair with Highback
Patient chairs for quiet room, rooms and reception
Patient stedy transfer machine
Red Grip Sox
Mindfulness Colouring Books
Mindfulness colouring books are they are therapeutic and have been proven to relieve anxiety. St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne has opted to use funding from Dry July to purchase books for cancer patients undergoing treatment.
Rehabilitation Gym Refurbished
Through the generosity of Dry July DJs, St Vincent’s Hospital has able to create a specific purpose gym for rehabilitation of palliative care patients - the majority of whom have received cancer treatment at the hospital.
Patients who utilise the gym may be returning home after hospitalisation or may be remaining for end of life care. Funds were used towards the complete refurbishment of the room and facilities, including repainting and installing new equipment and infrastructure. There was previously no dedicated gym area for either inpatients or Day Palliative Care clients. The gym is located at Caritas Christi Palliative Care Day Centre.