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Wollongong Hospital is home to both the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre and Oncology/Haematology Inpatient Ward. Our teams provide treatment and support services to patients residing in the Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama regions.
Every year our Illawarra and Shoalhaven teams collectively treat over 65,000 patients.
We are proud to report in 2020/2021 with Dry July funding we;
- Introduced 14 brand new chemotherapy chairs to our Oncology Day Care Unit on Level 1 at the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre ($98K)
- Freshened up walls and stairwell with new paint and installed five large botanical artworks by an Australian designer in the Radiation Therapy treatment space on Level 2 of the Centre ($10K)
- Collaborated with the local Aboriginal community of Coomaditchie who created a welcome themed artwork for our foyer entrance at Level 0 of the Centre. We also introduced new comfortable seating, artificial plants and a patient bookstore under our ‘reinvigorate our space’ project. ($6K)
In EXCITING NEWS, in May 2021, we are launching the refresh of our main reception on Level 2. We take our patient feedback seriously. We have decluttered, changed the layout to take advantage of our view, replaced uncomfortable chairs, painted and improved lighting and much much more. This has been our largest Dry July project to date and we can’t wait for our patients to see and use their new space!
In 2021 we continue to explore suggestions from patients on what they feel would improve their experience. Please support us so we can bring their ideas to life! Thank you
Projects funded from Dry July 2017
Thanks to funds raised from Dry July 2017, Wollongong Hospital (Illawarra Cancer Care Centre) have been able to fund the following projects:
- NEW magazines throughout the patient spaces in the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre and Cancer Inpatient Ward
- Children’s Creativity Packs for children accompanying adults to appointments
- 2018: Patient and Carer Tai Chi Program
- 2018: 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 (launching May 2018)
- Redesign and refurbish the main patient waiting space on Level 2, Illawarra Cancer Care Centre (in development)
- Welcome to Cancer Services video for patient viewing (in development)
Events in the Illawarra for Dry July
Wollongong Hospital plans for Dry July funds in 2017. Plus meet their mascot, schoo-na.
Each year we work incredibly hard to raise funds through the Dry July campaign. Have you been wondering how this year’s donations might be spent? Our ‘Bright Ideas’ patient survey campaign, showed a trend for three focus areas which have been categorised as follows:
Introduction of Living Well With and After Cancer Treatment programs, which aim to assist people who have completed their cancer treatment to help enrich their quality of life and take the care of their mind, body and spirit.
Reinvigorate our space. Our patients have told us that more pleasant waiting areas, the introduction of visual and digital arts and improved refreshment facilities would be a welcome addition to regular appointments throughout treatment.
Develop the While You’re Here initiative that will provide a series of creative mediums for patients and family members to use during treatment or while waiting for treatment. This includes art and craft spaces, daily newspapers, magazines and the availability of technology to listen to music or browse the internet.
There have been so many incredible ideas added to our Wish List for this year’s fundraising. We cannot wait to bring them to life!
2016 Funds in Wollongong
The Illawarra Cancer Care Centre is using Dry July funds to:
- Purchase and install a chilled water filtration system to the Alkira Lodge Patient Accommodation Facility in Wollongong.
- Purchase an ultrasound system to improve venous (vein) access support for cancer patients and their ongoing care requirements. The benefit to patients includes pain reduction, reducing the stress response on the body, minimising cardiovascular events and encouraging tissue healing, and improving patient comfort.