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Funds raised this Dry July will help fund equipment and comfort items

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

Established 175 years ago, The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) is Victoria’s first public hospital and our care, research and innovations have touched the lives of millions of Australians.

The RMH was founded to provide care to the people of our growing city. Originally known as the Melbourne Hospital and located on the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, the RMH had just 10 beds and treated six patients on its first day. Today, there are about 260 emergency department presentations, 36 emergency surgeries, and about 720 outpatient appointments every day at our Grattan Street site alone.

Our comprehensive cancer services are internationally renowned and are 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 provide excellence in cancer care.

We are proud to always be there when it matters most for our community but could not do this without you!

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Furnishings and Programs at The Royal Melbourne Hospital

The Royal Melbourne Hospital has planned to use funds from Dry July 2015 towards a number of areas around the hospital to help make cancer patients a little more comfortable:

Replacement waiting room chairs in ward 3 East (the existing chairs were over 5 years old and endure heavy duty use).

Washing machine and dryer in the palliative care unit, for patient use. Patients feel more comfortable when able to wear their own clothing. The hospital laundry is not able to wash patients’ clothing, so having a washer and dry in-house will make a big difference to patients and their families.

Refurbished rooms in the palliative care unit, assisting with renovations to increase from 2 to 4 private rooms.

Expansion of the Bridge of Support breast cancer service, which is a peer support program run in conjunction with BreaCan.

Dry July 2014 Funds at Royal Melbourne Hospital

Here’s a quick look at how RMH will be spending funds from Dry July 2014 to make a difference to their cancer patients:

- Filtered Water System. 5 West
- Fresh Flower Arrangements. Palliative Care
- Magazine & Newspaper Service. Palliative Care
- iPads. Palliative Care
- Artwork. 5 North
- iPads. 5 North
- Patient Care. 5 West & 5 East
- Magazine & Newspaper Service. 5 West

2014 Thank You

We've put together a collection of photos to show what goes on behind the scenes.

Photos below (left to right, top to bottom):

Meet Bradon - He’s been here since January and is staying to September. Lucky the chair (funded through Dry July) is comfy…

On the RMH Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, a positive collage from former patients keep everyone’s spirits up.

Beanies and scarves knitted by caring volunteers. By donating to Dry July, you can make a difference.

Some of our incredible nurses in the RMH Bone Marrow Transplant ward.

Thanks to Dry July, 5 North has a bladder scanner. This unassuming piece of equipment means patients don’t have to wait for their scans.

The RMH family resource room, re-decorated thanks to generous Dry July participants

To the North: our 20-bed haematology and medical oncology ward caring for patients needing specialist medical and nursing care. Dry July is making a difference here too.

Because family time is important…

The RMH Bone Marrow Transplant Ward’s ‘Wall of Thanks’.

5 West Renovation

RMH used funds from Dry July to improve the day treatment area in 5 West, including renovation and painting, purchase of new treatment chairs, and installation of new waiting area chairs.

Rooftop Garden Retreat at Royal Melbourne Hospital

A suitable open space for a new Rooftop Garden Retreat has been allocated on the top of the infill building on the 5th floor of the Royal Melbourne Hospital. This outdoor space will be furnished with plants and suitable seating and secure access from the main block, for cancer patients and their carers to access.

Funds from Dry July 2012 and 2013 are going towards making this project a reality for cancer patients at the hospital.

The environment of The Royal Melbourne Hospital in a highly urbanised area restricts access to the outside world, particularly for admitted patients. The only current option for cancer patients is to head outside is the hospital main entrance, on a busy metropolitan street. There is not currently a welcoming space for those seeking rest and solitude.

Patients at staff look forward to the completion of the retreat.

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