Specialist unit for North West patients opens at The Christie
Press Release Posted 05 November 2012
Patients from across the North West will benefit
from a new unit, offering a specialist therapy, Extracorporal
Photopheresis, which has opened at The Christie.
NHSBT staff who run the photopheresis
unit: from left to right Amanda Calderwood (nurse practitioner),
Jessica Roberts (unit assistant), Sandra Jones (lead nurse), Janet
Thornton (nurse practitioner) and Sue Slater (nurse
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has teamed up with The
Christie, a specialist cancer centre, to provide the service at
their main site in Manchester.
Extracorporal photopheresis (ECP) is a highly specialised
two-day process which involves using cutting-edge equipment to
remove the white cells from a patient's blood. These
are then treated using ultraviolet light, and returned to the
ECP is used to treat patients with conditions including
graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and for severe cases of cutaneous
T-Cell Lymphoma. GVHD is a complication that can occur after a stem
cell or bone marrow transplant in which the newly transplanted
donor cells attack the transplant recipient's body.
Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin
lymphoma| of the skin.
The ECP unit will treat outpatients from across the region
and allow NHSBT to meet increasing demand for the service. It will
also place patients close to treatment and services provided by The
The ECP department was officially opened at an event at
The Christie on Friday 2 November 2012 with patients and NHSBT and
Christie staff in attendance.
Lynda Hamlyn, Chief Executive of NHSBT, said:
"Whilst we may be better known for managing the
collection and supply of blood to hospitals in England and North
Wales and for organ donation throughout the UK, the work
we do here demonstrates clearly that we offer a specialist service
that is responsive to the needs of patients.
"We are delighted to be working with The Christie to
provide this life-enhancing treatment to patients from across the
Chief Executive at The Christie, Caroline Shaw, said; "We
are delighted to officially welcome this new facility to The
"This cutting edge treatment will benefit so many of our
cancer patients through access to specialist services and expert
care without the need to travel.
"We constantly strive to make experiences better for our
patients and this is a great example of how collaborative working
within the NHS can make this happen."
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