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Dry July is proudly supporting Look Good Feel Better in 2019.

Look Good Feel Better is a charity that provides free, community-based programmes for any person, facing any cancer, at any time.

Look Good Feel Better Classes support cancer patients impacted by the visible and emotional effects of their diagnosis and treatment. The visible and invisible impact can rob patients of their identity. Look Good Feel Better helps to bring a boost, a day away from treatment, an opportunity to connect, and learn techniques to help them feel more like their normal selves.

Look Good Feel Better helps people with cancer to look and feel more like their normal selves. The classes include tips, tricks and techniques to help participants recognize the person in the mirror.
Participants take away packs and information to continue to use the techniques they have learnt in their everyday lives – whether it’s to return to work, the school gate pick up, a trip to the grocery store, a special event.

Funds raised through the Dry July New Zealand campaign will enable funding for even more Look Good Feel Better workshops across New Zealand.

Latest Updates

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.

Patient Care Packs

Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre is now able to offer care packs to inpatients who may find themselves suddenly admitted without bringing along any personal hygeine items. The packs contain: toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap, shampoo, etc.

Packs are also available to relatives who are called in unexpectedly to stay overnight with cancer patients.

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