Dry July funds allowed Cancer Council Western Australia to purchase Skype-enabled computers and printers for guests to use at their dedicated cancer patient accommodation lodges. Funds also went towards the purchase of tablets and WiFi to enable guests to communicate with family from the comfort and privacy of their own rooms.
Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre at Liverpool Hospital used funds raised by Dry July 2012 to fit out a new wellness centre. The centre offers a friendly, supportive environment that provides a relaxed non-clinical area for patients and carers in the South Western Sydney district.
The centre comprises an indoor and outdoor kitchen, beauty room, physiotherapy room, wig library and patient resource library. Services offered include support and education groups, information sessions, occupational therapy assessment clinics, exercise classes, psychology and social work clinics.
What a hit these have been with our patients! Hundreds of hours of treatment are given in our cancer centre each year, and this last year our patients have been thankful for the opportunity to read, watch videos and stay in touch with their loved ones while receiving treatment.
Dry July is proud to have funded a pilot at Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre in Geelong for patient chemotherapy diaries.
These booklets contain in depth information on chemotherapy treatment for patients at the centre, as well as key contact information, and individual record keeping pages - so they can travel with patients for quick reference.
Nepean Cancer Care Centre used funds from Dry July 2012 to upgrade the facilities in the main waiting area, to compliment the new courtyard renovation (funded by Dry July). This included replacing chairs, installing a new beverage service, bookcase / entertainment area, and aquarium.
The NCCC in Penrith recently completed renovation of their courtyard area, funded by Dry July 2011. The outdoor area is a place for cancer patients and their families to get some fresh air away from the busy waiting area.
Complete with plenty of seating, a bubbling fountain, and calming vegetation it is a space in which patients can relax peacefully. Prior to refurbishment patients were not able to access this space.
Our House offers purpose-built, short term accommodation for cancer patients receiving treatment at the oncology unit at Lismore Base Hospital, and for their families.
Funds from Dry July have paid for fitting out Our House units with almost 100 appliances and pieces of furniture for the rooms, communal kitchens, and lounge and dining areas. Our House opened in December 2012 and is the only service of its kind between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane.
Travelling long distances to receive the right care can be quite hard on the body, and paying standard rates for local accommodation increases the financial burden on patients and their families. In the past patients have chosen not to have treatment because they can’t afford the travel costs or...