The trust’s association with the Tata Memorial Hospital started more than a decade ago when volunteers used to visit the hospital and talk to the medical social workers (msw) with a view to help the patients. The trust started aiding the patients through msw but could not meet the patients, which was in contravention of its stated objective of direct involvement in the treatment of the patient. This practice went on for some time until a help desk was set up in 2009 on the first floor of the Golden Jubilee block (GJB). For effective monitoring of the activities at the help desk, a full time attendant was appointed to assess patient’s needs initially and increased to two later on. The activities at the Tata Hospital include:-
Rendering financial assistance to patients referred by doctors at the Breast OPD and also from the msw. The identified patient’s documents are checked and then taken up for sponsorship. They are also given a talk on personal hygiene when the cheques are given to them. Till date 1253 patients have been given assistance.
Volunteers visit the chemotherapy wards on the 5th & 12th floors of the annexed building to talk to the patients on personal hygiene, which aids in preventing infections during chemotherapy. 3052 patients have been spoken to about personal hygiene till date.
Beginning May 2013 on Saturdays, lady volunteers educate post operative breast cancer patients on suture & drain care besides teaching them physiotherapy exercises. 1498 patients have been counseled till date.
During Monsoon season, patients are given raincoats and umbrellas. Notebooks are also given in June to the children.
Every September on Rose day we bring celebrities and volunteers accompany them to the female & children’s ward to distribute gifts & roses. A gesture to make them feel that they are not alone in their battle against cancer, we are there with them.
Joy of Giving week in October, the trust raise funds for patient care and has a variety entertainment programs for the patients with their attendants. This is done around Diwali & the patients are also given sparklers, lamps, gifts and a dinner along with wishes for a Happy Diwali.
On Children’s day, 14t November, gifts & chocolates are distributed in the children’s ward.
Every December about 50 cancer affected mostly children are taken for the Harbour cruise during the Navy week. Since many of them are not from Mumbai they are thrilled at seeing the Gateway of India, Taj and the ships, submarines etc.
Christmas Party is organized at the centre and about 25 patients are invited. The centre is decorated with lights, balloons & also a Christmas tree. Magic show and dances are organized and later gifts and snacks are given to the patients.
To mark the International Women’s Day, flowers, fruits & gifts are distributed at the female ward.