San brainchild brings relief to patients
San cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy are thought to be the first in NSW to receive pressure relieving ‘chemo pillows’ making car travel more comfortable and secure.
A keen craftswoman in her private time, Melinda Happer conceived the idea after scouring the internet craft community Pinterest for ways to use her scrap material.
Recognising the need through her work in San Radiology, ‘Chemo Pillows’ were born and were soon adopted by members of the St Pauls Anglican Church Wahroonga’s ‘Get Creative Workshop’.
In bright colours and funky patterns, the pillows can be used by patients with diverse medical needs, velcroed to, and raising seatbelts above chemo ports or pace makers to prevent pressure. The pillows also ensure seatbelts are properly secured.
Melinda is trialling the pillows in San Radiology where chemo ports are inserted with another 100 pillows being made to be shared with Cardiac Cath Lab pacemaker patients and chemotherapy patients from the San Poon Day Infusion Centre.
Picture: Chief Radiographer Nadine Thompson with Melinda Happer holding the chemo pillows