Bournemouth Hospital Charity is appealing for donations of material that can be used to make cushions and bags for patients recovering from breast surgery.
Volunteer Hazel Hills has been making cushions and bags since 2012 and needs cotton fabric and polyester filling to make more. The breast care cushion provides additional support for a patient’s arm and shoulder during the post-surgery period, preventing any pressure from the arm against the sore area. The matching bags help to prevent the drains that must be left in following breast surgery from getting caught up, while also discreetly concealing the tubes.
Hazel said: “The patients who use them are going through a really tough time so it’s nice to be able to do something that can help or at least make them a little more comfortable.”
Over 300 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital each year. Breast Care Nurse Specialist, Amanda Iskender, said: “The post-surgery period can be quite uncomfortable and the feedback we’ve had about these items has been amazing. Some patients can be very self-conscious about the drains which need to be left in the days following an operation and the bags in particular help to keep any drains out of sight.
“We recently received a letter from a lady who underwent a mastectomy and she said the items were a godsend.”
Donations of material can be dropped off at the Bournemouth Hospital Charity Office situated in the main entrance of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Walk for women
There is also an opportunity to raise money for women’s health by taking part in this year’s Twilight Walk for Women on Friday 6 June. All funds will go towards new equipment for the new Women’s Health Unit which is currently being built. Registration forms can be picked up from the Charity Office or you can download a copy at www.bournemouthhospitalcharity.co.uk. Registration costs £15 per person. Fancy dress is optional.