Therapeutic Harp Program + more at Canberra Hospital
Funding from the Dry July campaign and a grant from the Dry July Foundation ACT has ensured the continuation of the beloved therapeutic harp program at Canberra Hospital.
Harp therapy has been shown to help cancer patients cope with the side effects of their treatment, and can provide a sense of calm to patients who may feel distressed and anxious in a busy hospital environment.
The program at The Canberra Hospital is delivered by a certified harp therapist and has been funded by Dry July since 2012.
Additional funds have provided a water and ice station so patients do not have to leave their treatment area; waiting area refurbishments, a 12 month magazine and newspaper subscription and floral displays to brighten up the reception areas.
Comfy recliners for patients at Canberra Hospital
Thanks to 2017 funding, Canberra Hospital has been able to provide comfortable seating for patients who need to get out of bed and seated upright as part of their recovery process. The recliners had to be specially modified for the cancer centre.
Radiation Oncology Waiting Room Refurbishment
With our funding from the 2017campaign we wanted to create a less clinical, private, supportive and nurturing atmosphere for patients as they await treatment on the LINAC.
Our consumers have found this is a more relaxed and comfortable waiting area with the new chairs and the natural themed wallpaper, removing the clinical feel of the open space.
Keeping the lines of communication open
Funding from Dry July 2017 brought iPad's to Canberra Hospital. The iPad's have enhanced communications between patients and their families. iPad's not only offer entertainment and connection possibilities but can also enable families who may be interstate to communicate with doctors and staff – thank you Dry July for making purchasing of these iPad's possible.