The Patient Journey

What to expect before your chemotherapy treatment at The Christie


The Oak Road treatment centre is open from 7:45am to 9pm, administering treatments that can last between 30 minutes and 8 hours.

If your treatment takes longer than this, you will be booked to receive your treatment on one of our inpatient wards which will likely be wards 4, 11 or 12.

Your appointments and treatment visits will depend on the type of treatment you are receiving and will vary depending on the number of times your consultant needs to review you in a clinic. On the dates you have an appointment to see the doctor you will receive an appointment for a blood test, an appointment to see the doctor and an appointment on a separate day to receive your treatment. On the dates you are not required to see the doctor you will receive an appointment for a blood test and your treatment only.

If you are a new patient you will receive an appointment to attend a new patient clinic on a Saturday morning, giving you and your relatives the opportunity to speak to one our chemotherapy nurses about your treatment and any they will be able to answer questions you might have in more detail.

Due to the process required to check blood results and prepare treatments, there will be time during your visit that you may experience a wait, either before you see the doctor or before your treatment.  We will do everything we can to keep this to a minimum.

Please provide a mobile number when you book in at reception and the team will keep you updated regarding any delays during the day wherever you are in the hospital.

Medication  

Please bring any regular medication you will need to take during the day with you.

Any additional medication you will need to take as part of your treatment will be provided for you at your appointment.

Eating and drinking

You can eat and drink normally before, during and after your treatment.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let the staff know.  We provide soup and sandwiches for patients on the treatment floor at meal times.

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