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The Royal Melbourne’s comprehensive cancer services are available to every Victorian in need of cancer care, support and treatment. Our service is internationally renowned and is one of Victoria’s largest cancer care and treatment centres, treating thousands of patients each year.

As demand for cancer services increase, there is growing pressure on equipment, patient care items and infrastructure resources which are critical to ensure we to provide excellence in cancer care.

With your support this Dry July, we’re aiming to raise much needed funds which will enable The Royal Melbourne continue to provide the best possible care for our cancer patients.

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Royal Melbourne Hospital receives an additional grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're pleased to announce that Royal Melbourne Hospital has received an additional grant from the Dry July Foundation October grant round. 

This grant will enable the funding of:

• The purchase of 3 treatment chairs

• The purchase of 2 mixed taps which enables nurses to make patient drinks in a safe environment without having to leave the clinical area and provide clean drinking water to patients who are required to take oral medications

Royal Melbourne Hospital benefits from Dry July 2019 fundraising

Thanks to funds raised in 2019, the Dry July Foundation has been able to fund various projects at the Royal Melbourne Hospital to improve the comfort and wellbeing of people affected by cancer.

The projects funded include:

• Electronic Equipment Package - Purchase 3 x iPads and 5 cx Portable Combination Digital Radio/CD players

• Complimentary Hospital TV Rental - Ongoing rental of TV System in Palliative Care

• Platelet Incubator - Prevents wastage as once platelets dispensed from blood bank they cannot be returned

• General Equacel pressure relieving cushions

• Sara Steady Standing Hoist and iPad for speech pathology to assist ward based rehab, to speed recovery before rehab sessions

• BOSE Soundlink Bluetooth speaker to play music on the ward

• iPad for patient admission, to aid head and neck liaison nurse with visual resources

• iPad so that patients can email wound progress photos

• Purchase Post Op Care Packages for 100 head and neck cancer patients

• Palliative Care Garden - Faux turf and plants for external 'balcony' area outside palliative care windows

Royal Melbourne Hospital Dry July Ambassador in the press

Royal Melbourne Hospital Dry July Ambassador, Deane Reynolds, in the press :)

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Deane Reynolds - Royal Melbourne Hospital Dry July Ambassador

Deane Reynolds from Kensington is the ambassador for the Royal Melbourne Hospital 2019 Dry July campaign.

Deane hadn’t really heard about head and neck cancer before. It all began when food started getting stuck in his throat as he ate his meals. His local doctor initially told him that it was reflux. After symptoms persisted, he was sent to a specialist, where he received the dreaded diagnosis of cancer.  

It was all a whirlwind at the beginning. He was given a 50 per cent chance of recovering. After long months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the weight of his prognosis left him wondering whether he would be able to get through it all. His greatest incentive was to keep going for his wife, Maxine.  

Deane continued doing what he loved most; gardening and cooking. In between rounds of chemotherapy, he tended to his garden, as well as his neighbours’. Deane could no longer eat, but he still cooked dinner for Maxine each night after she returned home from work.   

Deane was relieved when he finally received the news that the cancer had left his body. Most of all, he had missed eating and was over the moon to find that he had regained his taste. Now, he thoroughly enjoys his meals, as well as a good glass of red. Deane is a wine enthusiast and celebrated with a trip to the Barossa Valley with Maxine after he received the all clear. 

He was blown away by the talent, dedication and passion RMH staff show for their patients, which he says is the reason why he is still here today. Deane says he’s willing to stay off the booze just a little longer for Dry July, as a way of saying thank you to the wonderful surgeons, nurses and staff that cared for him. 

“I’m doing Dry July to thank the RMH for giving me a second bite out of the cherry of life.” 

The RMH 2019 Dry July goal is to raise $75,000 towards patient-care items and equipment for the head and neck cancer services and ward 7B. SIGN UP for Dry July and help ensure patients with cancer receive the best in care throughout their journeys of recovery. Alternatively, you can make a donation to RMH Dry July campaign HERE

Thank you for supporting The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Your fundraising for Dry July in 2018 has enabled The Royal Melbourne Hospital to purchase vital equipment for our Haematology Ward, such as a Portable ECG machine that can help us pick up heart abnormalities. For patients in isolated rooms this means that they can have an ECG taken without the machine in the room and this will reduce the risk of spread of infection.

Cancer-survivor Shantelle has been coming to the RMH to receive treatment for cancer from our Head and Neck team. Her dad, Peter, did Dry July last year to support her and to help raise money for cancer services at the RMH. With thanks to Peter and all of you who participated in Dry July, the Head and Neck team will also be getting some new equipment which includes iPads for patients to use while they are receiving treatment – a simple thing that can make a huge difference!

On behalf of Shantelle, and our cancer patients across Victoria, we say THANK YOU – you’ve helped us transform the lives of people in their greatest time of need.