On Wednesday mornings, a group of women gather in a room at Mater Cancer Care Centre. A trolley is wheeled in, filled with supplies. The woman behind the trolley is not a nurse but an art therapist. Instead of bandages, swabs and rubber gloves, the trolley contains tubes of paint, brushes and pastels. The other women in the room are cancer patients. A Mater Cancer Care Nurse comes in and gives each patient a hug to say hello. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed. Everyone takes a seat and the Art Therapy session begins.
Most of the women in the room are waiting for chemotherapy treatment. The drips cannot be made up ahead of time because the recipient needs to have a blood test first. Sometimes a treatment session can be delayed because the...
Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation has helped Cairns Hospital purchase 2 Meridian mobile treatment recliners for the chemotherapy treatment area in the Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre.
Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney recently completed installation of eight large photographic murals designed and produced for the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Radiotherapy. The right to use the images was kindly donated by the local photographers and the work sponsored by Dry July. The material used is very special, offering anti-bacterial and microbial MRSA protection.
Dry July funds have been used to install beach scenes across the walls in the radiation therapy bunkers for the Coogee and Maroubra rooms at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. Such artwork has been shown to reduce patient stress while undergoing this complex and intimidating treatment.
Funds were also used to purchase six large flat screen televisions with free to air access for waiting areas in the day treatment ward, to give patients something to do while waiting for their appointments.
Being diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment is a very overwhelming experience, with lots of questions, and multiple things to remember.
To help ease the process, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne have used a portion of their Dry July funds to develop an admission pack for patients going through chemotherapy for the first time, and provide them with as much information as possible at such a difficult time.
Cancer Council Western Australia's Crawford Lodge offers dedicated accommodation for cancer patients and their carers who need to travel from rural and regional areas in WA for their treatment in Perth.
CCWA have used some of their Dry July funds to install shade covers over the walkways at the lodge. This will enable patients to get to and from their rooms and other lodge facilities without having to walk through the rain or strong Western Australian sun.
The new Albany Health Campus facility opened in 2013 and brings all of the hospital’s cancer services together under one roof in the new ‘Cancer Centre’.
At this facility, Dry July funds have been used to :
- Refurbish the patient interview room and patient waiting areas
- Purchase soft furnishings for the patient interview room and patient waiting areas
- Purchase 2 x wheelchairs (one standard and one bariatric) and 1 x Hip chair for Cancer patients
- Purchase and installed outdoor benches for the verandah area
- Purchase and install Aurora Vista lights in the patient treatment area
- Purchase resource books for the Cancer Services Patient library
- Purchase electronic chair scales