Improving the Patient Experience at Middlemore Hospital
The 2013 Dry July campaign contributed to improving the patient experience for a number of services at Middlemore Hospital. Counties Manukau DHB installed WiFi for the haematology outpatient service enabling patients to utilise this while undergoing day procedures. The DHB also purchased iPads for patients to use and benefit from the available WiFi. The aim of the iPads is to also use the devices for patient education.
Other areas which benefited from the funds were the inpatient medical wards where cancer patients are admitted, including the purchase of Lazyboy chairs to for patient rooms (for patient and family use), chair side-tables, and also roll away beds for family members wishing to stay overnight.
Other items were also purchased including wall clocks, a bioimpedance machine, and CD player.
Electronic Examination Beds
Auckland District Health Board has purchased examination beds which can automatically be adjusted for patients with limited mobility due to pain and other symptoms of their cancer. These adjustable beds will alleviate the discomfort some patients currently experience in preparation for clinical examination.
Lazyboy Chairs and Roller Blinds for Auckland City Hospital
A room in the Oncology Daystay ward at Auckland City Hospital is unable to accommodate larger bespoke chemotherapy chairs due to its small size. Patient feedback indicated that the ability to adjust chairs, including to an almost flat position, would be a significant improvement to the static hard chairs that were being used for treatment.
The ward has recently replaced the pre-existing chairs in this room that did not have the ability to be adjusted for patient comfort during treatment with plush Lazyboy chairs, using funds from Dry July.
The ward also purchased roller blinds. The location of Oncology Daystay has rooms exposed to the sun during the hottest times of the day and installing blinds on all 12 windows has significantly improved the patient environment for treatment.
The natural anxiety that patients can experience while receiving chemotherapy as well some drug side effects increases the risk of vasovagal episodes; heat is also a factor in this and the blinds assist in minimising this. In addition, there are several chemotherapy drugs that are light and heat sensitive and patients become concerned about the effectiveness of their chemotherapy drugs when rooms becomes hot.
(pictured: James Wright and Mohammed Zameer)
Amenities at Wellington Blood And Cancer Centre
Previously, patients at the cancer centre had access to tea and coffee using only polystyrene cups. Patient feedback showed that the taste of polystyrene can be unpleasant while on chemotherapy/radiation therapy. The centre has used Dry July funds to produce ceramic mugs for patients to use instead.
The service also used funds to develop colouring books / workbooks for use during family counselling meetings where adults diagnosed with cancer have young children.