Members of the St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Emergency Department (ED) team have opted to ‘go dry’ throughout July to support patients being treated for cancer at St Vincent’s.
Team leader, Stephanie Beckman, said various members of the ED team have participated in Dry July over the last few years. “I’m a part of the Staff Wellbeing Group and Dry July has been a terrific campaign for us to get involved with, not only from a health perspective but because it’s for such a good cause.”
Steph has been a nurse at St Vincent’s for five years. She says the ED team are the best group she’s ever worked with because they’re collaborative. “The nurses, doctors, physios, pharmacists, ward clerks, cleaners, orderlies, and the alert team all work as one, big, collaborate unit.”
Steph said one of the benefits she’s experienced from participating in Dry July previously has been enjoying many restful sleeps and getting full use of her weekends.
“Cancer is such an awful thing to go through. Anything we can do that helps our cancer patients to be slightly more comfortable during their time in hospital is a small way we can support them,” Steph said.
The team set themselves a $1,000 target, but they smashed it on day one. Their new target is $2,000.
To support the team head to: https://www.dryjuly.com/teams/st-vincent-s-hospital-melbourne-emergency-department