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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

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Shout Dry July from the rooftops!

Dry July ambassadors shout from the rooftops…literally!

Now that Wollongong Hospital’s $106 million redevelopment has reached its highest point, a group of dedicated ambassadors will soar to the top of building and shout their message from the rooftops ….all in the name of charity.

The volunteers are launching Wollongong Hospital’s 2014 Dry July campaign, which raises funds for the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre. 

Dry July is simple; don’t drink alcohol for the month and get people to sponsor your efforts.

The Hospital’s General Manager, registered participant and ambassador, Nicole Sheppard, said it’s a fun way to challenge yourself while raising vital funds for adult cancer services.

“It’s the fourth time we’ve been chosen as a beneficiary of Dry July, every year it promotes a healthy rivalry amongst teams, family and friends. We hope this year will be our most successful, with the proceeds helping the Cancer Care Centre to further enhance patient services and make the cancer journey a little less daunting,” she said.

Former Miss World Australia, Katie Richardson has also taken up the challenge. The Wollongong Hospital Research Assistant is more than happy to go dry for the month.

“I studied nutrition so I’m very passionate about health and wellbeing. Dry July is not only an opportunity to raise money for a great cause; it also encourages everyone to think about their own lifestyle and alcohol consumption. I’m looking forward to my first Dry July” Katie said.

This year, funds raised during July will go toward cancer service enhancements including making patient treatment spaces more comfortable and enabling free WiFi for patients during treatment.

Director of Cancer Services and Dry July participant, Anthony Arnold, said previous campaigns have raised more than $270,000 which has seen significant enhancements to the care and comfort of patients receiving cancer treatment, and their families.

Smartboards at Illawarra Cancer Care Centre

The Illawarra Cancer Care Centre recently installed smartboards to assist patients with navigating around the centre.

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.

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.