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Dry July 2020 is proudly supporting :

* Look Good Feel Better - workshops for those with appearance related side-effects of cancer.
* Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ - rollout of Prost-fit program for men affected by prostate cancer.
* Bowel Cancer NZ - telephone support from a specialist bowel cancer nurse.

See below stories of how these organisations will utilise the funds raised to help those affected by cancer.

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Making a Difference to Auckland Patients

Auckland DHB used Dry July 2014 to implement a number of projects to help patients feel more comfortable, including:

- Variable height seating - some patients find it difficult to get in and out of normal height chairs. Having some higher chairs assists with this issue.

- Hi flex tables - higher tables to go with higher chairs, these allow patients to distract themselves whilst having chemotherapy as they will have a surface they can use for laptops, books, drinks etc.

- Humidifiers - these provide increased patient comfort by keeping the mucus membrane moist for head and neck patients undergoing radiation therapy. When the membrane dries out, patients find it difficult to eat and drink and are often admitted to hospital as a result.

- Electric examination beds - beds that can be lowered to allow patients to get on the bed much easier have replaced static beds.

Refurbishments at Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre

The WBCC is using Dry July funds towards a number of much needed refurbishments, including:

Level 2 and 3 waiting areas - the current space has insufficient and inappropriate soft furnishings for patient privacy and comfort. The environment will be made to be more welcoming, less clinical and have both entertainment and relaxation facilities available.

Multi-purpose room renovation ward 5 North - used for family meetings to hold difficult discussions in a private space, facilities will be made to move a patient bed into the room, which is big enough accommodate a large whanau. The renovation will include new soft furnishings, paint, shelving, plants, appropriate art work, and blinds. 

Renovation of day room on ward 5 North - renovation will include the kitchenette, computer space, children’s area, curtains, blinds, and soft furnishings, painting, and a music system.

Water Coolers in Auckland

Auckland District Health Board will use a portion of Dry July funds to purchase new water coolers for patient treatment rooms.

Patients can and do suffer from nausea and vomiting as a consequence of their cancer and the treatment. By having easily accessible cold filtered water, it encourages patients to drink, and this helps to minimise dehydration. 

Patients have said they do not like the metallic taste of the tap water but they really enjoy drinking the filtered water, therefore having additional water coolers in the patients treatment rooms will be of great benefit to the patients.

Music System for Canterbury Radiotherapy Patients

Canterbury Regional Cancer & Haematology Service will use a portion of their Dry July funds to upgrade their music system in the radiation bunkers.

By digitising the music system, this will allow patients who are undergoing Radiation Therapy Treatment in a Linac Accelerator to select their own music. 

Listening to music has been demonstrated to decrease anxiety and pain levels in medical settings. 

Northern Region Haematology and BMT Unit in Auckland

Dry July funds have gone towards the fit-out and furnishing of the new Northern Region Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in Auckland. 

This is a purpose-built facility that will promote wellness and provide an outstanding environment for patients. It has been co-designed with patients and families, with features aimed at improving the quality of care and healing process for patients. 

Dry July helped to fund projects such as the installation of wall murals to brighten up wards, the purchase of TV’s and carer beds for patient rooms, and a “Dry July” room - a welcoming space for patients and families to spend time while receiving treatment.

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