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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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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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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. 

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 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.

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.

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