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St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne

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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.

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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:

Bathroom Scales

Visitor overnight beds

Earplugs

Patient bedside chair with Highback

Patient chairs for quiet room, rooms and reception 

Patient stedy transfer machine 

Red Grip Sox


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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.

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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.

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Wheelchairs

St Vincent’s Hospital has used Dry July funds to purchase 2 wheelchairs to enable patient’s family members to take them on day leave and outside the hospital. Feedback on the chairs has been very positive.

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Blood Sampling Chair

St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne has just taken delivery of a blood sampling chair purchased with Dry July funds. This is a hard back low chair for cancer patients to have their blood test in who can’t sit in the normal treatment chair. The sloped armrests present the arm for needling and are shaped and padded for comfort and support.

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