Wollongong Hospital

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The Wollongong Hospital is home to the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre and Cancer Inpatient Ward which provides cancer treatment and support services to patients living in Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama regions. Dry July funding allows our service to improve patient spaces, expand patient education, update resources, implement wellbeing programs and purchase equipment or items to improve patient comfort.

With Dry July funding we have recently delivered the following projects, suggested by patients and staff;

- NEW magazines throughout the patient spaces in the Centre and Cancer Inpatient Ward

- Children’s Creativity Packs for children accompanying adults to appointments in the Centre and Cancer Inpatient Ward

- Patient and Carer Tai Chi Program

- Living Well After Treatment Workshops

- Large Pots housing palms outside the Level 2 entrance to the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre

- Music, delivered via iPad and speaker, while patients undergo Radiation Therapy treatment

- Colour me Calm Mindfulness Resource Kits for Chemotherapy patients

- A Hydration Station in the Radiation Therapy patient waiting space

- Refresh of six Radation Therapy change rooms including painting and artwork

In 2020 we continue to explore suggestions from patients on what they feel would improve their experience in the Centre.

We encourage you to support us so we can bring their ideas come to life! Thank you

Latest Updates

Dry July fundraising helps llIawarra Cancer Care Centre to purchase 10 new chemotherapy chairs

With the help of Wollongong Hospital's Dry July supporters, $50,728 was raised!

These funds will purchase five new chemotherapy chairs for llIawarra Cancer Care Centre and they have also received grant funding for a further five chairs!  Illawarra Cancer Care Centre will also continue our ongoing Dry July funded programs and initiatives.

Dry July Foundation funds Survivorship and Mindfulness Program at Wollongong Hospital

Dry July 2019 fundraising will enable Wollongong Hospital to run a Survivorship and Mindfulness Program at the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre.

After the success of the 2019 Life After Treatment Program, the Physco-Oncology team have identified an opportunity to introduce a Survivorship and Mindfulness program across a 12 month schedule.

The program aims to provide patients with support to address the physical, emotional and spiritual impact of cancer treatment both during and after treatment.

The program will be facilitated by our Psycho-Oncology team and held at community based locations across Wollongong with the intention of linking the program to nature i.e. locations close to the sea or nature thus bringing people together away from the hospital setting.

The program will allow for social networks to be developed amongst patients in a safe and non-clinical setting. 

The programme will be conducted by experienced health professionals offering a range of supportive activities and learning opportunities including:

• Dealing with difficult emotions including the fear of recurrence

• Guidance on goal setting and planning towards post traumatic growth

• Creating supportive relationships and social connections

• Managing stress, fatigue, cognitive symptoms and body image issues after treatment

• Mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

All of these enhance the patient experience in many ways. 

Wollongong Hospital benefits from Dry July 2019 fundraising

Thanks to the wonderful fundraising efforts of Dry July 2019 participants, Wollongong Hospital have been able to fund the following projects:

• “While You’re Here”: Reading Materials in Patient Waiting Areas, “Busy nipper packs” to entertain children, Calm Colouring packs and Spotify account for radiation treatment area

• “Wollongong Strong” Patient Portrait Series Art Exhibition of portraits of previous cancer patients and support staff

• Reinvigorate Our Space - Oncology Day Centre Waiting Area - Continuation of Refreshing our Patient Spaces Adding an extra space to the ongoing project.

Wollongong Hospital receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're proud to announce that Wollongong Hospital has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation 2018 Grant Program.

The grant will go towards the following: 

• “Reinvigorate Our Space” project: refurbishing the Main Reception of the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre, to provide a safe and calm environment that welcomes patients and houses them comfortably during one of the most stressful periods of their lives

Local Support = Local Patient Benefits

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