Wollongong Hospital

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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

Latest Updates

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

Sign up to Dry July on Wednesday 13 June in the Foyer at Wollongong Hospital Foyer!

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)