Dry July funds have been used to install beach scenes across the walls in the radiation therapy bunkers for the Coogee and Maroubra rooms at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. Such artwork has been shown to reduce patient stress while undergoing this complex and intimidating treatment.
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Please help the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation raise vital funds so that cancer patients across the Prince of Wales Hospital cancer services can access the highest standard of care possible.
The Prince of Wales Hospital’s Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre (NCCC) delivers modern facilities for Prince of Wales Hospital patients and provides an integrated, coordinated, patient-centred approach to the treatment and post-care of patients. Over 5000 cancer patients are treated at the NCCC each year and numbers are increasing by around 100 patients a year.
The NCCC’s state of the art radiation therapy service provides specialised care for patients who come from all over NSW and even from interstate. We also house the biggest hereditary cancer unit in NSW and operate a youth cancer service.
To optimise the health and wellbeing of people living with and beyond cancer, we have just opened a Survivorship Centre. The Centre will provide survivors and their families with resources to better manage their treatment beyond acute diagnosis and care. So many issues faced by cancer survivors go beyond physical health and include mental and emotional health, financial matters, as well as social and spiritual matters. Well-equipped and flexible spaces for support group activities are an important component of the Survivorship Centre.
Dry July has funded projects aimed at making our cancer patients more comfortable since 2008 and we are delighted about this support!
In 2019, Dry July helped to fund the refurbishment of the Survivorship Centre garden and also provided funding to purchase 4 recliner chairs and a painted mural to improve the surrounds to make the environment more aesthetic, safe, warm and comforting for the oncology patients accessing Nuclear Medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital.
2019 was a fantastic year for Dry July at the Prince of Wales Hospital with nearly $30,000 raised and over 80 participants –please help us exceed this with YOUR support in 2020 so we can continue to give the best care possible to our patients.
You can join the Prince of Wales Hospital Dry July Team or donate to them directly here: https://www.dryjuly.com/teams/prince-of-wales-hospital-foundation-team
Artwork for Radiation Therapy at Prince of Wales Hospital
Making Patients More Comfortable
The Prince of Wales Hospital has been a Dry July beneficiary since 2008 and has used funds for a multitude of projects aimed at making patients more comfortable.
These include new furnishings, treatment chairs, ice machines, a patient buzzer system, artwork in the wards, vehicles, and the Dreams2Live4 program.
Amaroo Oncology Ward Garden
The Prince of Wales Hospital opened a new balcony for cancer patients today, the Amaroo Garden (Amaroo means ‘beautiful place’ in a local Aboriginal dialect). Randwick Mayor, Councillor Tony Bowen, accompanied by Dry July Co-Founder Brett Macdonald, Patron Adam Spencer and Ambassador Roy Billing cut the ribbon, welcoming patients to the brand new outdoor space at the Parkes 4 East cancer ward, finished with plants and seating.
Amaroo Garden will provide a space for patients and their families to retreat from the busy hospital environment and perhaps find a little time to relax in the shade.
The balcony was completely funded by Dry July and all the participants who went 'dry’ during the month of July in 2011; previously, patients did not have access to this outdoor space. The balcony directly connects to the inpatient cancer ward, offering easy access for patients.
Brett also officially handed over the 2012 Dry July cheque, for an impressive $353,510. Georgina Green was personally thanked for her amazing efforts this year, raising over $20,000 for the Prince of Wales Hospital. Georgina was also equal highest fundraiser in Australia.