Please support our Werribee cancer patients this Christmas

Please help us to improve the care we provide to our patients in our Day Oncology Unit.

Patients undergoing cancer care often require hours of treatment. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are not only physically challenging, but they can also have an adverse impact on our patients’ psychological wellbeing. That is why it is so important that we provide the best health outcomes for our patients in as restful and relaxing a setting as possible. 

The upgrade of the Day Oncology Unit aims to create individual pods to give patients more privacy. Changes to the physical space will also improve the patients’ experiences. I hope you can assist our patients by supporting this upgrade. Your gift will help to provide a tranquil, home-away-from-home environment for patients like Laverton resident Alan Wilson.

Alan was first diagnosed with rectal cancer in July 2020. This cancer is treatable, but the doctors quickly discovered he had secondary cancer that had spread to his lungs and liver, which is incurable. 

Alan commenced treatment at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee approximately three weeks after receiving his diagnosis. He instantly fell in love with his new hospital. 

“Everyone from the administration staff to Steve in the pharmacy and all the angel nurses, they are all so wonderful. All St Vincent’s staff really care and go out of their way to help. They make you feel a part of the family,” Alan said.

We would be most grateful if you would please consider giving a gift to support the upgrade of the Day Oncology Unit, so that many more patients, like Alan, can receive the care they need in the most comfortable environment possible.

Your gift will enable us to:

  • purchase specialist treatment chairs at $7,500 each; the chairs are padded for optimal relief and are adjustable to allow patients to sit, recline or lie down to sleep during the extended periods of receiving care
  • enhance the environment by introducing plants and artwork so patients feel more relaxed during treatments.

These additional features will ensure the Day Oncology Unit provides patients with the best possible support during an extremely challenging time. 

When asked about the proposed upgrade, Alan said, “It’s already such a wonderful place thanks to the outstanding staff. I could certainly see the benefit to patients if they could create a less clinical, more calming environment to make it feel more like a home away from home.”

Contact

St Vincent's Foundation
Ground floor
Rear, 55 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065