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The Canberra Hospital

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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.

Latest Updates

Support for Patients at The Canberra Hospital

The Canberra Hospital has announced it will be using Dry July 2015 funds towards the harp therapy program and towards a new resource room.

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.

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Funding for The Canberra Hospital

The Canberra Hospital has decided to use some funds from Dry July 2015 towards projects benefiting patients in the Apheresis Unit, young adults, and patients and their carers staying at nearby Duffy House.

Funds will go towards the purchase of artwork for Apheresis Unit in the Oncology Ward to make the space a more welcoming and supportive environment for patients in this high use treatment area. Some funds will also go towards a DVD to educate young adult patients undergoing treatment about their cancer journey.

The hospital will continue to use funds towards newspaper subscriptions and flowers for Duffy House, which offers accommodation to cancer patients travelling from outside Canberra for their treatment.

Loan Equipment for The Canberra Hospital Palliative Care

The Canberra Hospital is purchasing an oxygen humidifier to be loaned out for their palliative care cancer patients. This will facilitate quick discharge from the hospital for patients who hope to return home where they may feel more comfortable.

Previously, patients in palliative care wishing to return home have had limited access to an oxygen humidifier, making it less likely that they be discharged rapidly.

The availability of the oxygen humidifier has enabled swift transfer of clients from the inpatient environment at a time when they have very little time to wait for one to become available through equipment loans department.  

Stuart’s very special Dry July tribute

At the halfway point in Dry July Stuart Poole is the highest fundraiser in the ACT and has chosen to support The Canberra Hospital. Here, Stuart has generously offered to share his story of why Dry July is a cause close to his heart.

This time last year my brother and I attempted Dry July; we did our best, but at times we received a few golden tickets, and sometimes we just needed a naughty drink.

Why naughty? Well at this time last year our beautiful Mum was fading away. Mum had pancreatic cancer. Around this time last year our worst fears were confirmed, the spots on her liver were cancer too.

It was very stressful to watch our beautiful Mother on life support, it was hard to talk with doctors about how much longer it should continue. Sleep was infrequent, with a couple of 1am phone calls to “get in now”. We were doing our best, but given the circumstances, we snuck a few drinks in. None of our close friends that had sponsored us seemed to mind given the circumstances. Family were coming to say their goodbyes, and every time I left the hospital at night, you knew each goodbye could be the last.

My brother and I both started working part time, so we could have an extra day with Mum each in the week. On Friday August 29th when I went to see her, Mum was weak; she asked me to let her rest, so I went home at lunch and came back in the afternoon. Her friend Coleen came to visit from Wagga (Mum was in Canberra Hospice) and looked at Mum and fled the room and the hospice in tears. She couldn’t believe what she saw. Mum was down to less than 40 kilos, her face was grey and wrinkly. I guess because I had watched the transition I was used to how Mum looked these days.

At 5pm my brother rang from the hospice, he said Mum was very unwell and he was worried, he thought we better get in. My partner drove me in and on the way in the hospice staff handed us a card, with instructions on what was about to happen. It told us what to do when someone dies. I asked “is this it?” They said “yes, your Mother is about to leave us.” I was guttered, nothing can prepare you for this.

My brother and I held a hand each all night, as gradually Mum’s breathing slowed down, and became more and more “rattily”. I asked my Aunty, who was an ex nurse, “is that the death rattles?” “Yes”, she said, without elaborating. At 2 minutes past midnight Mum slowed right down and stopped. Dad proclaimed, “I think she’s gone”. My Aunty checked and said, “I’ll get the nurses.”

That was it, the beautiful lady that had raised us, taught us right from wrong, nursed us when we were sick, made play-dough for us on rainy days and all the other things a good Mother should do was gone forever. And that was that. I will never get over losing Mum. She was the best Mum you could hope for.

We can never change the horrible year that was 2014, nor can we bring Mum back. But we can help to raise money so other people can have a chance, so other families can be comfortable when they visit their loved ones in the ward.

I wish I had studied harder at school, so I could be a doctor, and be a part of the solution. Raising funds for Dry July is probably the best I can do. I feel good without alcohol. I’m hoping to lose a few kilos as well along the way. Maybe I will stay dry for a while after too?

It’s nice to be able to give back. The staff at the hospital and hospice were so nice to us.

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Dry July Drinks Trolley

Our beautiful Dry July girls with the Dry July trolley, delivering the Dry July message throughout the hospital to staff, patients and families.   A big thank-you to Jacqui and our sponsor Bundaberg for your very generous supply of Ginger Beer and yummy drinks!

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