The Prince of Wales Hospital opened a new balcony for cancer patients today, the Amaroo Garden (Amaroo means ‘beautiful place’ in a local Aboriginal dialect). Randwick Mayor, Councillor Tony Bowen, accompanied by Dry July Co-Founder Brett Macdonald, Patron Adam Spencer and Ambassador Roy Billing cut the ribbon, welcoming patients to the brand new outdoor space at the Parkes 4 East cancer ward, finished with plants and seating.
Amaroo Garden will provide a space for patients and their families to retreat from the busy hospital environment and perhaps find a little time to relax in the shade.
The balcony was completely funded by Dry July and all the participants who went 'dry’ during the month of July in 2011; previously, patients did not...
Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) is using funds from Dry July to install a video conferencing system that will enable clinical staff to hold consultations with patients who would otherwise need to travel long distances. In remote and regional areas, for example, patients sometimes travel in excess of 200kms round-trip to attend a 15 minute appointment; this system would save them some of that travel time and associated stress.
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.