The wards

A list of wards at our main site on Wilmslow Road in South Manchester

Ward 4

Type of ward

Clinical Oncology ward for patients receiving radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Number of beds

24 beds - mostly arranged in four-bed bays.

Visiting times

Between 2:00pm - 9:00pm

Protected mealtimes are carried out on this ward, during which time any staff and visitors not involved in the mealtime will not be able to visit. For full details click here.

Meal times, drinks and snacks

  • Breakfast - 8:15am
  • Lunch - 12:30pm
  • Dinner - 5:30pm

Drinks and snacks are served mid morning, mid afternoon, after each meal and at 9:00pm. (Snacks and supplement drinks are also available on request).

Location

Ward 11

Type of ward

Oncology ward treating patients with various types of tumours such as sarcoma, melanoma, teratoma and renel cell carcinoma. Delivering both chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Number of beds

Twenty eight beds.

Visiting times

Between 2pm and 9pm.

Protected mealtimes are carried out on this ward, during which time any staff and visitors not involved in the mealtime will not be able to visit. For full details click here.

Meal times, drinks and snacks

  • Breakfast - 8:15 - 09:00am
  • Lunch - 12:00 - 1:00pm
  • Dinner - 5:00 - 6:00pm

Drinks and snacks are served mid-morning, mid-afternoon, after each meal and at about 9:30pm. Drinks and snacks are also available on request.

Location

Ward 12

Type of ward

For patients receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy, our disease groups are lung, lymphoma, renal cell and haematology outlyers (patients from the Haematology and Transplant Unit).

Number of beds

28 beds - Five four-bed bays and eight side rooms.

Visiting times

Between 2pm - 9pm. This allows patients time to rest and ensures that good standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained on the ward.

However the ward is flexible, if you have difficulties visiting between these times, please discuss this with the nurse in charge. Allowances are made for critically ill patients.

Protected mealtimes are carried out on this ward, during which time any staff and visitors not involved in the mealtime will not be able to visit. For full details click here.

Meal times, drinks and snacks

  • Breakfast - 8.00am
  • Lunch - 12.00pm - 12:30pm
  • Dinner - 5.30pm

Times may vary slightly. Various snacks and drinks are available throughout the day. Please inform staff, on admission, of any special dietary requirements and these will be met.

Location

Brachytherapy and Molecular Radiotherapy Unit

The Brachytherapy and Molecular Radiotherapy unit is a 15 bedded unit that provides brachytherapy and molecular radiotherapy. Brachytherapy is used as an internal radiotherapy treatment, where high doses of radiotherapy can be given directly to the tumour with lower doses given to surrounding healthy tissues. As such brachytherapy is associated with fewer side effects when compared to external beam radiotherapy. Brachytherapy is currently mainly used to treat prostate, cervix, womb or head and neck cancers but it can be used to treat other cancers.

Molecular radiotherapy is another form of specialised cancer treatment, where patients receive radioactive pharmaceuticals administered either orally or by injection. Cancer cells absorb these radioactive pharmaceuticals more than healthy cells, and therefore the treatment is concentrated in the specific site of the cancer.

Number of beds

Seven, one-bed rooms; two, two bedded rooms and one, four-bed bay.

Visiting times

Visiting is not permitted on the unit unless agreed with the unit sister.

Protected mealtimes are carried out on this ward, during which time any staff and visitors not involved in the mealtime will not be able to visit. For full details click here.

Meal times, drinks and snacks

  • Breakfast - 8:15 - 09:00am
  • Lunch - 12:00 - 1:00pm
  • Dinner - 5:00 - 6:00pm

Drinks and snacks are served mid-morning, mid-afternoon, after each meal and at about 9:30pm. Drinks and snacks are also available on request.

Chemotherapy Day Services

Type of ward

An Outpatient unit for patients receiving systemic anti-cancer therapy, we are open Monday - Friday 08:00-22:00 including bank holidays. Saturday clinic is scheduled for patients to come and look round the unit and ask questions about the treatment planned. Your treatment can be delivered on site or at one of our outreach services in a number of different locations. Christie trained nurses go to, or are based at the outreach sites to administer treatments, some of these sites will also have clinics where you will be seen by your Christie consultant.

Sites where treatments are given

In Our purpose built mobile Chemotherapy Unit at:
Rochdale
Trafford
Hyde
Chadderton
Bolton

At other hospitals:
Salford
Macclesfield
Crewe
Oldham
Bolton
Stepping Hill
Wigan

Other Sites:
Bury Primary Care Centre
Ashton Primary Care Centre

Visiting times

There are no visiting times on the unit or at our other sites. We ask if you can only bring one person with you for the duration of your treatment. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted in the treatment areas.

Meal times, drinks and snacks

We offer a light lunch, dinner & drinks are available throughout the day.

Location

We are located in department one - Oak Road Treatment Centre.

Oncology Critical Care Unit

Type of ward

This area is specifically for patients needing an increased level of support and monitoring. Often one or more major body system is not functioning properly and may be failing. This can be to do with breathing, the heart, the kidney or the brain and the body’s nerves or patients are admitted after major surgery. This means that they need specialised care, equipment and medication to monitor and support the body’s systems. In order to receive these complex interventions, patients require continuous observation, vital signs monitoring and therapies provided by specialist doctors and nurses.

The doctors and nurses are part of a larger team including physiotherapists, pharmacists, dieticians and support staff.  Frequently, more than one medical specialty will be involved in caring for a patient including input, for example, from surgeons, physicians and microbiologists.  

Number of beds

There are 8 beds, 4 of which are side rooms.

Visiting times

Visiting times are unrestricted but we do request that patients are allowed to rest between 2 – 4pm.

The Oncology Critical Care Unit can be a daunting place for patients and relatives. Each bed area can be very “busy” with lots of equipment and monitoring, much of it attached to the patient. It is all there to help the Oncology Critical Care team monitor and deliver the appropriate treatment and best possible care to the patient.

The team will take time to explain it all to you and  contact phone numbers will be provided. 

Enquiries are welcomes but when thinking of phoning the unit we ask you to bear in mind the following:

  • Where possible, please nominate one family member to make the phone calls to the unit.
  • The nursing and medical staff looking after your relative are often busy and may not be able to answer the phone immediately.
  • Rest is very important for all patients on the unit.
  • If there is any change in a patient’s clinical condition the staff will make every attempt to contact the nominated family contact.

Meal times, drinks and snacks

Patients are provided food and drinks on an individual basis

Location

Oncology Assessment Unit (OAU)

Type of ward

The Oncology Assessment Unit (department 14) caters for the urgent and unplanned admissions to The Christie. Patients are admitted here through 3 main routes:

  • Direct admission following an outpatient appointment.
  • Admission via the Christie Hotline
  • Transfers from other hospitals

Patients who need to remain in hospital will normally be transferred to our in-patient ward areas to continue their care.

Number of beds

20 beds + Rapid Access Clinic bed (open Mon-Fri)

Visiting times

Open visiting from 9am - 9pm. Visiting outside of these hours is not encouraged. If any special arrangements are required, please discuss these with the nurse in charge of the ward.

Meal times and drinks and snacks

As this is a short stay ward, there is no day room, so meals and snacks are served at the bedside.

  • Breakfast - 8:00am (toast, cereal and porridge)
  • Lunch - 12:30pm - soup and sandwiches
  • Dinner - 5:30pm - hot meal service

There is a selection of snacks available at all times - eg Soup, baked beans, spaghetti and bread/toast and yoghurts/rice pudding/jelly. Hot drinks are also available at all times - tea, coffee, horlicks and Bovril.

Palatine Treatment Centre

Palatine Ward:

Type of ward

Palatine ward is an integrated haematology and young oncology ward. It has specifically designed areas for teenagers and young adults (TYA) up to the age of 24, alongside inpatient treatment and care for adult haematology patients, over the age of 25.

Palatine ward also provides HEPA filtered accommodation for patients having high dose chemotherapy; and bone marrow transplants for leukaemia, lymphoma and solid tumours of all ages over 16 years.

The ward provides age appropriate accommodation for younger patients requiring specialist radioisotope treatment and is a day case clinical area for post general anaesthetic recovery of children undergoing radiotherapy.

Number of beds

31 single rooms all with en-suite facilities of which 12 rooms have a special HEPA filtration system providing a protective air environment for patients receiving transplants.

Visiting times

Open visiting, although we ask that visitors come no later than 10:00pm.

Meal times, drinks and snacks

  • Breakfast - 8:00am
  • Lunch - 12:30pm
  • Dinner - 5:30pm

Snacks and drinks can be provided at any time.

Key points

Accommodation is available to parents and relatives of all YOU patients. Please ask a member of staff if you require use of these facilities.

Rob's Day Unit:

This is a day unit specifically for delivery of outpatient treatment for 16-24 year old patients. It is situated on ground floor of the Palatine Treatment Centre in Department 30.

Number of beds

There are 3 chairs and 2 beds within the unit.

Opening times

The day unit is open 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Young Oncology Outpatient Clinics:

The outpatient clinics are located on the ground floor of the Palatine Treatment Centre in Department 30 and facilitate clinics for all young oncology patients including paediatrics.

There is a separate specially designed paediatric waiting room and multifunction room for consultation or play therapy.

Opening times

The outpatient clinics are open 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Private Patient Suite

Welcome to The Christie Clinic a joint partnership between HCA International the UKs largest provider of private cancer care and The Christie one of the country's best NHS Foundation Trusts. This partnership creates the ultimate cancer clinic for private patients, situated in the brand new £35 million state-of-the-art treatment centre on Oak Road. The clinic delivers the highest standard of care and the most advanced treatment all on one site.

For full details about our private patient suite, click here.

Surgical Day Case Unit

Type of ward

For all minor surgical and pain management procedures and endoscopy patients

Number of beds

2 bays with 4 trolleys in each. We have 2 side rooms with a trolley in each, where our patients are admitted and prepped ready for their procedures.

Visiting times

We are open from 7am - 7pm Monday - Friday excluding Bank Holidays. We aim to provide a restful environment for patients recovering from surgery.

Therefore we ask that visitors are kept to a minimum,. We regret that children have restricted access to the unit.

The unit practices nurse-led discharges, which helps to reduce patients waiting times before going home.

Meal times, drinks and snacks

Refreshments are served during the day, depending on patients recovery and procedure instructions. We provide light refreshments after the procedure. For some procedures it may be necessary for you to follow dietary restrictions.

Location

Surgical Oncology Unit

Type of ward

The Surgical Oncology Unit is a very busy dynamic unit that comprises of ward 1 and ward 10. This team of dedicated staff  work closely with other departments and members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure that patients receive high standards of quality care that is effective, safe and appropriate to their individual needs and surgical pathway.

Many patients are treated on the Enhanced Recovery Programme.  This is an evidence based approach that helps patients who are undergoing surgery to recover more quickly. Different members of the hospital team work together in order to ensure patients are:

  • As healthy as possible before receiving treatment
  • Receive the best possible care during their operation
  • Receive the best possible care while recovering

The aim is to:

  • Reduce pain with anaesthetic techniques and medication to suit you
  • Use minimally invasive surgical techniques where possible
  • Support and encourage early movement and activity
  • Remove drips, drains and catheters as early as possible
  • Reduce post-operative nausea and vomiting by managing your fluid balance and with medication.

Number of beds

Ward 1 is a purpose built 10 bedded female surgical ward primarily for patients undergoing gynaecological surgery.

Ward 10 is a 28 bedded surgical ward for both male and female patients who undergo complex surgery often supported by a number of surgical specialities such as urology, colo-rectal and plastic surgeons.  It is also the centre for peritoneal surgery.

Visiting times

Afternoon visiting is 2.15pm – 17.15pm

Evening visiting is 18.30pm – 20.15pm

There may be circumstances when patients may have visitors outside of these visiting times; this will be agreed with the staff on the wards.

Meal times and drinks and snacks

Breakfast 7.30 am – 8am

Lunch 11.45am– 12.45pm

Dinner 5.15pm – 18.15pm

Access to wards is restricted during mealtimes in order for patients to have undisturbed meals.

Snacks and drinks are also available throughout the day.

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