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Dry July 2021 is proudly supporting :
Look Good Feel Better - Workshops for those with appearance related side-effects of cancer.
Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ - Implementation of Prost-FIT program in multiple locations across NZ for men affected by prostate cancer.
Bowel Cancer NZ - telephone support from a specialist bowel cancer nurse.
PINC & STEEL NZ - helping people affected by cancer through physical rehabilitation

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

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Chemotherapy Chairs at Northland Hospital

Funds allocated to Northland DHB from Dry July 2014 were used to purchase three new oncology treatment chairs at The Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre, opened in September 2014.

Pictured are Oncologists Lisa Dawson (left) and Vince Newton with the new chairs.

These new chairs will make cancer patients receiving their treatment at the hospital a little more comfortable.

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.

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. 

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.

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