There was no hiding the amazing generosity at the spectacular Disha Masquerade Ball last Saturday night. A carnival of caring people were out, all dedicated to making a meaningful difference for people living with cancer every single day.
Disha in Hindi means direction, and for the Disha committee it is the direction to hope – hope for health and happiness. Their strong sense of community has led them to support their community, friends, family and loved ones who have been affected one way or the other by cancer.
For more than ten years Disha has raised funds for The Alfred, mostly focussing on purchasing tangible items for The Alfred’s oncology department. This year funds raised will help purchase new vital signs monitors for the oncology and haematology departments.
The state-of-the-art touchscreen monitors are the most modern available. They are portable, so can be brought to a patient’s bedside for frequent checks.
Not only do they transmit critical information electronically but also provide an instant summary of a patient’s vital signs, including their blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen level. This means in the event of a change or deterioration staff can be alerted immediately.
These new monitors will enhance the way The Alfred can deliver care to our patients, offering better efficiency and an improved continuity of care with the capacity for sharing information to clinicians wherever they are in the hospital.
Thanks must go to Disha and their wonderful network of family and friends for their ongoing friendship and support and for continuing to fund The Alfred’s critical work in caring for patients with cancer.