The patient day room is now in operation . Patients and whanau are delighted and using the area at a level not seen with our old fit out. There are now individual areas where patients can meet with their families, share a meal, watch television, make food/drinks, or just spend time away from their rooms in comfort. The space is warm in the cold and has blinds to provide shade in the sun.
This is due to the great contributions of Dry July participants to whom Dry July and the Centre are extremely grateful
Dry July has funded a number of items for this facility including a dishwasher, fridge, comfortable couch and artwork decorating the walls.
• Numerous patients have commented on how beautiful and tasteful the artwork is.
• Having a dishwasher and fridge in our own area has been really helpful as the Cancer Society volunteers and staff use these facilities every day for patient care.
• The couch is a comfortable place for patient and visitors to wait and relax
The bike allows patients to maintain a degree of fitness and prevents de-conditioning, they often sit on the bike waving and as some of the patients have said “keeping an eye on me “as it sits outside my office. The bikes are available to all the single rooms and on the floor above sits in the corridor, the table top exercycle is available for use in the family room and can be used by patients & family, often used during the boredom busters session that now occurs each Friday on the unit.
We have 10 new classes already underway, or coming up, all thanks to the support of Dry July funding.
The most recent is the running of our very first Saturday class in Christchurch.
Ten women, two who had been waiting since October 2016 for the opportunity to attend a class, attended. The women had a wonderful day and took home the many tips and tricks to help them face their cancer with more confidence.
We were able to recruit and train new volunteers who were completely new to LGFBNZ and who will now be able to support the four new classes planned in Christchurch over the coming months. The feedback from the cancer patients and new volunteers was overwhelming. It really highlighted the need for the Saturday classes in the area. The...
Dry July funds have provided equipment to assist patient comfort at Nelson Tasman Hospice. The purchases included an Electric Lifter Chair for use in the in-patient unit and two oxygen concentrator units to go out to the community.
The oxygen concentrators are compact units used to deliver oxygen to those who require it. Whereas a tank has a set amount of oxygen that it dispenses, a concentrator filters in air, compresses it, and delivers air continuously. The air supply will never run out.
This allows patients to breathe easier and sleep better as they are not fighting for every breath. While symptoms such as shortness of breath are being effectively managed in patient's home, they can remain in their homes for longer, often right...
The Galbraith Infusion Centre opened to patients on Valentine’s Day.
It is a huge step forward for Counties Manukau Health at Middlemore because previously, all their cancer patients had to travel to Auckland for treatment.
While the service will be initially restricted to Herceptin treatment for those who have finished chemotherapy, it will rapidly expand to also offer clinic space, treatment rooms and chemotherapy infusions.
Dry July has played a major part in this funding $36,000 of the $117,000 cost of the project.
In the picture are two of the four infusion chairs we have in place, alongside Lazyboy chairs and armchairs, so that there is the ability for patients to choose the device they find most comfortable. The infusion chairs are...
After two months of chemotherapy treatment, Lois Walton is in a good position to be able to rate the new chairs purchased with a Dry July 2016 grant.
"They're very, very comfortable, mould your body, are easy to adjust, and you can put your feet up. It can make the chemo process a lot easier while you're sitting there."
Other items purchased include a daily subscription to The Press, toys, an information stand with brochures and flyers about health services and support, coffee machine, microwave oven, ipads and headphones for the use of patients and family members.
Pictured: Oncology nurse Bernadette Burrell and patient Lois Walton check out one of the new chairs funded by Dry July & Oncology Nurse Mary Marr sets out the new coffee...
Cancer Support Organisations Receive Dry July NZ Trust Grant Funds – Projects Approved Totalling $260,000
We’re delighted to announce the 9 recipients of this year’s Dry July NZ Trust Grant Program.
2,600 Dry Heroes gave up alcohol in support of Dry July in 2016, with money raised being allocated to the Grant Program. Cancer support organisations across the country were then invited to submit applications to benefit from these funds.
Applications were capped at $30,000 but organisations could apply for more than one project. We received applications for 34 projects from 11 organisations, totalling $534,000. With the $260,000 available from this year’s campaign we’ve awarded funding to 22 projects.
Dry July CEO, Brett Macdonald, says: “We are extremely proud to be able to fund a diverse range of cancer support organisations through the Dry...