New Chemotherapy Chairs at Christchurch Hospital
Canterbury Regional Cancer and Haematology Service will purchase 12 new chemotherapy chairs with funds from Dry July 2013.
The existing chairs were donated to the oncology day ward and not purpose built. The new chairs will greatly improve patient comfort. Patients spend up to 6 hours at a time sitting in these chairs while receiving treatment.
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)
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.