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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.

Latest Updates

New Mattresses for Nurse Maude Hospice

“Early this year, Nurse Maude Hospice received 4 alternating air overlay mattresses through the Dry July funding. These mattresses have been in current use since delivery in the inpatient Hospice area for those patients with cancer who are receiving palliative care. The mattresses provide not only pressure area care but also bring relief and comfort and enable patients to sleep better. Previous to owning these mattresses Nurse Maude Hospice were hiring mattresses on a daily basis. The money saved from hiring is now being put to other use in providing specialist palliative care.

The whole team at Nurse Maude Hospice are very grateful for all those who abstained (no mean feat!) over the month of July and for the donations received to enable the purchase of such important equipment. Thank you so much for your support.”

Jane Rollings, Hospital and Hospice Palliative Service Manager 

Nurse Maude’s Hospice Palliative Care service is provided across the greater Canterbury region, including Kaikoura, Ashburton, Banks Peninsula, Hanmer Springs and across the West Coast. 

Brightening up Christchurch Hospital

Canterbury DHB has used Dry July donations to purchase six electric beds and two patient chairs for the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, as well as twelve news patient chairs for their Chemotherapy Day Ward. 

As always, the hospital is so grateful for the DJs who raise funds to improve the wellbeing of adult cancer patients.

Improving the Patient Experience at Middlemore Hospital

The 2013 Dry July campaign contributed to improving the patient experience for a number of services at Middlemore Hospital. Counties Manukau DHB installed WiFi for the haematology outpatient service enabling patients to utilise this while undergoing day procedures. The DHB also purchased iPads for patients to use and benefit from the available WiFi. The aim of the iPads is to also use the devices for patient education.

Other areas which benefited from the funds were the inpatient medical wards where cancer patients are admitted, including the purchase of Lazyboy chairs to for patient rooms (for patient and family use), chair side-tables, and also roll away beds for family members wishing to stay overnight.

Other items were also purchased including wall clocks, a bioimpedance machine, and CD player.

Improving Patient Experience in Waitemata

Waitemata DHB used Dry July funds to purchase tablets for the Cancer Nurse Coordinators to use with patients. Pictured, Clinical Nurse Specialist Breast Cancer Coordinator Louise Bobbitt shows Sandra Sheene Lead Cancer Coordinator how the devices are being used to provide patients with information.

The devices can be used anywhere - on wards, in the out-patients department and in the Breast Cancer Nurses clinical area. Louise says using the device has really expanded how she can share information with patients.

Electronic Examination Beds

Auckland District Health Board has purchased examination beds which can automatically be adjusted for patients with limited mobility due to pain and other symptoms of their cancer. These adjustable beds will alleviate the discomfort some patients currently experience in preparation for clinical examination.

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