Dty July funded the purchase recliner chairs for our patients on ward 14B which enables them to lift their legs into a reclining position.
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The Canberra Region Cancer Centre is a world class healthcare facility that brings together cancer treatment and related services in one purpose built facility. The care and support of our patients is central to everything we do.
The Canberra Region Cancer Centre facilitates improved cancer treatment and other related services in the ACT and surrounding region by drawing together and integrating services, research and teaching programs.
The Centre is designed to meet the needs of Canberra and the Southern New South Wales communities well into the future. Services operating within the Centre take a multi-disciplinary team approach to health treatment and support.
Our cancer services comprise several highly skilled teams, including Medical and Radiation Oncology, Haematology, Immunology, Surgery, Bone Marrow Transplant, Psychosocial and Palliative Care to provide comprehensive services to patients and their carers with cancer and related illnesses.
We are committed to reducing the burden of care in the ACT and surrounding region through high quality treatment, research and education.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation has been a proud beneficiary of Dry July campaign since 2009 and is committed to ensuring the Canberra community come on board to not only support Dry July, but in turn the Capital Region Cancer Service. Our adult patients living with cancer have gained so much from previous campaign funding, thank you!
In 2019 we are raising funds for:
• Two Sleep Pods
• Refurbishing our Linanc area, as well as the ongoing provision of;
• Our Therapeutic Harp program,
• Our hospitality trolley providing refreshments for our clients, and;
• Floral arrangements at reception desks within the Centre.
Dry July has funded a project to maintain floral displays at the reception desk within the cancer centre.
Feedback from the staff is below;
Patients, families and staff absolutely LOVE the floral displays on reception desks throughout the Cancer Centre – they look so real!! Every month the flowers are changed, and they are always look fresh, colourful and create a more welcoming environment
The Canberra Region Cancer Centre is using Dry July 2016 funds to:
- continue the Therapeutic Harp Program;
- continue to purchase newspapers for patients staying at Duffy House; and
- continue to display fresh flowers in the reception area to improve the centre's ambiance.
In its previous form, the Information Lounge (formerly the Resource Room) at Canberra Region Cancer Centre was underutilised and confusing. Patients were not sure if the room was for their use, or for the staff. There was very little space to display information.
With funding from Dry July, the Information Lounge has been made accessible and useful, with the removal of a wall, refitting of display shelves and computer desks, and a bookcase. Since opening in March, there has been an enormous increase in the use of the room, and the amount of information being accessed by patients and carers. Having the information on display and with the room having been opened up, patients and carers are utilising the space, and are now able to self select information when they feel they want to access it. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, from patients, carers and staff.
Canberra Region Cancer Centre loaded up a trolley with an Xbox, TV, Music dock, headphones, ipad and various games for use on the Xbox, using donations from Dry July.
Young people (aged 15-25) treated for cancer within Canberra Hospital are treated in adult settings – outpatient radiation and chemotherapy clinics and the inpatient ward (14B). There is no dedicated space for them or entertainment relevant to their interests.
The entertainment trolley is managed by the AYA Cancer Specialist Nurse and provided to patients in the cancer outpatient clinics, ward 14B and various wards around the hospital where young patients might be admitted.
I get excellent feedback from patients who have used the entertainment trolley. Often times these patients are the youngest by many years and so have no one to engage with when they are admitted for treatment. The entertainment trolley provides them a way to escape whilst they are here by watching movies and playing games. There are multiple controllers and so if they have friends with them they can play against each other which really makes the time fly!