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Latest Updates

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.

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.

Chair Beds for Carers

Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre knows that catering for patients’ relatives is important, as many relatives feel they need to stay with their loved one at the hospital even over night and for several days at a time.

The centre is using some funds from Dry July 2013 to purchase chairs that turn into beds for carers and relatives of cancer and haematology patients staying on Ward 5 North.

The need to stay close can stem from cultural or religious beliefs, as well as reflect the close knit nature of families during challenging times. It can make a world of difference to patients knowing their loved ones are close by.

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Free WiFi for Patients

Treatment for cancer can take up to 8 hours, so entertainment items for patients’ comfort, distraction and amusement are an important aspect of patient care.

Auckland City Hospital used a portion of their 2012 funds to supply their cancer services with free WiFi.

The technology was installed in February 2013. Now, patients can browse the web, check e-mails and read online editorials to help pass the time during treatment.

New Patient Televisions at Auckland City Hospital

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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