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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
- 2018/2019: Patient and Carer Tai Chi Program
- 2018/2019: 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

Projects in the pipeline with 2018 Dry July funds are;
- Redesign and refurbish of the main patient waiting space on Level 2, Illawarra Cancer Care
- Refresh of the Cancer Inpatient Ward family room
- Welcome to Cancer Services video for patient viewing
- Introduction of an additional wellness workshop for cancer patients

In 2019 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

eScape Virtual Window at Oncology Day Care Unit at Wollongong Hospital

The oncology day care unit at Wollongong Hospital was recently renovated, resulting in a new sub-wait area that is completely internal, with no viewing window or outlook for patients, family and carers in the area.

The hospital plans to use Dry July funds to install an eScape digital cinema virtual window in the area to give patients something to distract them from their treatment. Scenes will comprise over an hour of uninterrupted footage of pristine nature. 

Upgrades at Illawarra Cancer Care Centre

Wollongong Hospital is using Dry July 2013 funds for a few projects involving a patient quiet room, patient isolation rooms, and WiFi.

The hospital is fitting out a patient quiet room in the cancer centre to offer a private, quiet area of retreat for cancer patients, family and carers in time of need. The area may be used for family meetings, care planning or to provide a discrete private space where patients and family come to terms with treatment options. Dry July funds will be used to install a luminous virtual window and furnishings in this space.

In addition, two existing patient isolation rooms within the cancer centre will be enhanced with luminous virtual windows. These windows can help distract patients from feeling isolated and assist with relaxation.

The cancer centre is also using funds to offer free WiFi to patients.

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Alkira Lodge Refurbishments in Wollongong

When Wollongong Hospital became a beneficiary of Dry July 2011, hospital staff immediately identified the refurbishment of Alkira Lodge as a priority for funds.

Since then, the lodge - dedicated accommodation for cancer patients and their carers - has undergone a transformation.

The walls have been repainted, floor coverings replaced, flat screen TVs have been installed in patient rooms and lounge areas, and air conditioning units have been installed. New kitchen appliances were purchased, the outdoor floorboards and roofing was replaced, and outdoor furniture purchased.

The lodge is now a much more comfortable place for country NSW cancer patients who need to be close to the hospital for their treatment.

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