Patients in the palliative care unit at Wellington Cancer and Blood Service now have access to video and camera equipment to record their stories for and with loved ones. The equipment was purchased with funds from Dry July 2013.
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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.
Patients receiving chemotherapy at Christchurch Hospital will now be able to borrow iPads to use while sitting and having their treatment. The iPads offer patients some entertainment and distraction to help pass the time.
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.
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.
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)