Auckland City Hospital installed new televisions including 29 flat screen televisions for patient beds, which all have access to Freeview, as well as 16 smart televisions, which have the ability to connect with devices such as iPads and iPhones. These will allow patients to watch what they want whilst in hospital receiving treatment, and were a much needed upgrade for patient care and entertainment which couldn’t be afforded previously.
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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.
Auckland City Hospital refurbished the radiation oncology waiting area with funds from Dry July 2012. The area is now much brighter and more comfortable for patients waiting for their treatment.
With funds raised by Dry July 2012, Auckland City Hospital plans to upgrade the cancer centre garden, including a sculpture and new outdoor seating for patients and their families.
Auckland City Hospital purchased 30 new chemotherapy chairs with funds from Dry July 2012.
Before these new chairs patients sat in furniture that resembled 1980s recliners, or in hospital beds. The new chemotherapy chairs have the ability to lay flat so patients, if need be, can lie down to help with comfort. The hospital has also purchased 25 visitor chairs for their cancer wards to ensure family and friends can be suitably accomodated, while patients recieve chemotherapy treatment for up to six hours at a time.
Here’s what Caitlin (pictured) has to say about the chairs:
“The new chairs have made such a positive difference to my experience in hospital during the long hours of chemotherapy. Before we were gifted the fancy new chairs by the Dry July organisation I was instead in a hospital bed all day which is a huge contrast to the versatility and comfort of the new chairs. Their ability to change into a variety of positions from being fully laid out for the times when you want to sleep all the way to completely upright is a real blessing, not to mention you don’t have to move a muscle to change the position of the chair as it is electrical!”
The Auckland City Hospital is using funds from Dry July 2012 to revamp the Northern Regional Cancer and Blood Service building atrium. This will make the entry way to the centre more inviting for cancer patients and their families, as well as become a space for patients to get away from the hospital environment and feel as though they’re outdoors.
The atrium will be filled with the natural colours and aromas of indigenous plants and flowers, a perfect place for healing and reflection.