With funds raised by supporters of The Alfred during Dry July 2018, plus a grant from the Dry July Foundation, the cancer services team at The Alfred have been able to provide rural and regional patients with ‘hotel style’ accommodation close to the hospital.
Jo Matchado is the social worker in charge and said, 'This initiative provides many individuals and their families financial relief when it comes to accessing accommodation. Being based close to the hospital is important due to commitments of attending appointments at the Haematology/Oncology Clinic as outpatients, when they don’t live near by the cost of this either falls to the patient and their family or they have to stay in hospital. It is wonderful to be able to give them less to worry about.'
Thank you to everyone who went dry in July 2018 to raise funds for this project. We are so pleased to be able to ease the burden cancer treatment has on some of our patients.