A donation of three new fans by the James Dyson Foundation will help make cancer patients more comfortable at Poole Hospital’s Dorset Cancer Centre.
The three new Dyson Cool fans will be used in the teenage and young adult (TYA) rooms, an inpatient facility that is the primary cancer treatment centre for young patients in Dorset.
The donation came after Simon Blissett, the stepfather of a patient who is currently receiving treatment in one of the TYA rooms, was concerned about the noise of the fans currently in the rooms. Simon wrote to the foundation to request one of its fans and the international technology company agreed to send, not one, but three of them.
The trio of new fans are worth £750 and are quieter, cooler and cleaner than what was used before.
“The new fans enable us to get a better night’s sleep,” said Simon, who has stayed in the TYA rooms for more than 40 nights. “The facilities here are brilliant and they’ve made such a huge difference to our comfort.
“It’s made our stay, while not pleasurable, as good as it can be. We call the staff ‘angels’ as we think they’ve absolutely amazing.”
Kate Mutendera, haematology nurse specialist, said: “The donation is brilliant and without it we wouldn’t have been able to have had these new fans.
“We try and make every patient feel as much at home as we can and the new Dyson fans will help make the TYA rooms as comfortable as possible for our patients and the family and friends that come and visit.”
The fans in the TYA rooms are specifically installed for neutropenic patients who can’t fight infection and need to be in the rooms for long periods of time. The fans will be installed in the TYA rooms and also on Durlston ward, the inpatient ward within the Dorset Cancer Centre.