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Dry July Proudly Supporting Look Good Feel Better

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Dry July is proudly supporting Look Good Feel Better in 2018.

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

Electric Lift Beds at Chrischurch Hospital

Cancer patients in the BMT unit at Christchurch Hospital will now have access to electric lift beds at Canterbury Regional Cancer and Haematology Service.

These beds are more expensive than standard hospital beds, and offer options such as electric high-low function, so that patients can get in and out more easily, and electric backrest for comfort.

BMT Wellness Room at Auckland City Hospital

Auckland City Hospital is building a new BMT facility. The hospital is using some funds from Dry July 2013 towards the fit-out of and furnishings in of the planned Wellness Room.

This project has been developed based on feedback from patient consultation undertaken during the design phase for the BMT building.

(pictured: Richard Sullivan)

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Music System for Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy

Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre used funds from Dry July 2013 to purchase an iPod and stereo system to provide entertainment for patients receiving radiation therapy.

Radiation therapy can be a nerve-racking experience for cancer patients. While having treatment, patients can communicate with radiation therapists through intercoms but are alone in the treatment room. Having the option to listen to music can help patients relax.

Purpose-Designed Patient Gowns

Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre recently purchased new gowns for patients receiving radiation therapy treatment. Standard hospital gowns can have patients feeling unnecessarily exposed; these purpose-designed gowns are special ordered and improve privacy, patient dignity, and comfort by including more access points.

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Newspaper Subscriptions for Wards

Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre is purchasing Dominion Post subscriptions with funds from Dry July 2013. These will be available to cancer patients and carers in treatment areas and wards.

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