St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne used Dry July funds to purchase a special massage table (with extra padding) and massage chair for the Caritas Christi campus. This equipment is in use for palliative care patients, to help make them a little more comfortable.
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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.
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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 is using a portion of funds from Dry July 2013 to install a mural in the Cancer Centre.
Previously, there was a large blank brick wall adjacent to the chemotherapy treatment area. Patients can spend up to 6 hours at a time receiving treatment, and visual stimulation can offer some comfort and distraction during this time.
St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne used Dry July funds to improve the environment in the Cancer Centre by installing a new interior garden and a mural for patients to contemplate while receiving chemotherapy treatment. The hospital also improved an external balcony.
Dry July funds have also been used by the hospital for:
iPads, newspapers, and magazine subscriptions with Dry July funds so that patients have something to do while receiving treatments which can take up to 6 hours a day
medical alert cards
2 Accuvein finders
massage therapy chair
blood taking chair
health and wellness room chemotherapy chair