SVHM used Dry July 2014 funds towards a multitude of projects aimed at making patients in the cancer centre more comfortable. These included:
Patient admission packs
Boardgames for children waiting with their parents
Coral upgrade in the fish tank
Water drink bottles
CDs & CD player
Tim Tam biscuits for the beverage service
A new wheelchair
Fish tanks for the palliative care unit
The hospital is continuing at pace with their 2015 funds, seeking to purchase newspapers for the oncology ward and cancer centre, shampoo caps for oncology patients, a Stedy transport machine, Christmas decorations, new chemotherapy treatment chairs, new patient and visitor chairs in the oncology ward, and portable fold-out beds for visitors who wish to stay...
Country cancer patients at Cancer Council WA’s Crawford Lodge in Nedlands now have a place to relax, recline and enjoy a movie or some live music thanks to a new multi-functional theatre room built with funds from Dry July.
CCWA Chief Executive Officer, Susan Rooney, said the funds raised from Dry July have enabled some very exciting additions at the two lodges, particularly the theatre room at Crawford Lodge.
“This is a wonderful room that will allow up to 20 guests to relax in a comfortable environment and unwind and watch a movie, listen to some acoustic music, or perhaps take in some live sport on television,” Ms Rooney said.
The room includes sound proofing, reclining chairs, surround sound system, screen and stage and lighting.
Dry July has helped fund the production of a new DVD for cancer patients at Canberra Hospital.
The DVD offers information about radiation therapy and treatment, in the hope that it will alleviate patients’ anxiety before they start a course of radiation therapy.
View the DVD content here.
Dry July beneficiary, the Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD), are currently running their CoastCanCare Wellness Program, an initiative funded thanks to the money raised by Dry July participants.
CoastCanCare offers a range of wellness programs designed to complement medical treatment and promote the wellbeing of Central Coast adults with cancer, their family members and carers. Such programs have been shown to be very helpful in assisting people to manage stress, anxiety, fatigue and pain. Current programs include motivational education sessions, as well as group mindfulness and meditation workshops.
As part of the program, they recently began music therapy sessions, designed to engage and focus on the whole person, not their...
On Monday 19 May, Cancer Care Western NSW officially opened Stage 2 of the Western Care Lodge in Orange NSW. Dry July was a proud supporter of Stage 2.
Western Care Lodge provides accommodation for rural patients from Central and Western NSW who are receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment at Orange General Hospital. A radiotherapy course can last up to 6 weeks, so having accessible and affordable accommodation close to treatment can mean the difference between undergoing or forgoing treatment.
Funds from Dry July went towards fitting out and furnishing Stage 2 of the lodge, which includes 8 twin bed bedrooms with ensuite. Added to the already completed 14 bedrooms (Stage 1) the lodge now comprises 22 bedrooms, shared kitchen and...
There is nothing more frustrating than your mobile phone running out of battery when you need to get in contact with someone, look up a number, or if undergoing cancer treatment just needing it for entertainment and a distraction. Canberra Hospital is trialling a mobile charging bar. This little convenience for patients and their families will surely make a huge difference to their hospital experience.
Bendigo Hospital used Dry July funds to replace floor coverings, repair plaster, and paint the walls in the existing oncology unit. Lighting in the ward was also upgraded. All of these refurbishments have brightened the space up for patients, who spend up to 6 hours at a time receiving chemotherapy treatment in the ward.