Auckland City Hospital purchased 30 new chemotherapy chairs with funds from Dry July 2012.
Before these new chairs patients sat in furniture that resembled 1980s recliners, or in hospital beds. The new chemotherapy chairs have the ability to lay flat so patients, if need be, can lie down to help with comfort. The hospital has also purchased 25 visitor chairs for their cancer wards to ensure family and friends can be suitably accomodated, while patients recieve chemotherapy treatment for up to six hours at a time.
Here’s what Caitlin (pictured) has to say about the chairs:
“The new chairs have made such a positive difference to my experience in hospital during the long hours of chemotherapy. Before we were gifted the fancy new chairs by the Dry July organisation I was instead in a hospital bed all day which is a huge contrast to the versatility and comfort of the new chairs. Their ability to change into a variety of positions from being fully laid out for the times when you want to sleep all the way to completely upright is a real blessing, not to mention you don’t have to move a muscle to change the position of the chair as it is electrical!”