The Christie at Oldham

The Christie at Oldham is the first in a unique network of Christie radiotherapy centres, where patients can access first class radiotherapy treatment from Christie experts, but much closer to home. The Christie at Oldham is located on Rochdale Road, near to the main entrance of the Royal Oldham hospital.

Local patients from Bury, Middleton, north Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale and parts of Tameside are treated at this centre, initially for breast and prostate cancers with more common cancers to follow. Rarer and more complex cancers are still treated at our main Withington site in South Manchester.

Open evenings for patients

Cancer patients who are due to start radiotherapy at The Christie at Oldham are being offered the chance to look round the centre before beginning treatment.

The monthly open evenings, which begin in February, are a staff-led initiative where Christie patients - along with family members - can meet the radiographers and look at the rooms where they will be treated prior to starting radiotherapy.

Lead radiographer at The Christie at Oldham, Julie Davies said; "We want patients to feel as comfortable as possible when they start their treatment so anything extra that we can do to help we will.

"Before radiotherapy treatment begins, patients may wish to familiarise themselves with the radiotherapy department at The Christie at Oldham.

"We are holding monthly open evenings for new patients and their families or carers. On these evenings we will offer a tour of the department, including a chance to see the treatment area, and the opportunity to meet some of the team and ask any questions regarding the treatment process."

For more information or to book a place on one of the open evenings please call The Christie at Oldham on 0161 918 7700.

How to find The Christie at Royal Oldham

Royal Oldham Hospital
Rochdale Road,
Oldham,
Lancashire. OL1 2JH
T: 0161 918 7700

There are many ways to find The Christie at Royal Oldham. If you are using a Sat Nav system use our post code: OL1 2JH.

Patient Information

Getting HereOpen

Directions by Car

From the motorway (M62): exit at junction 20 and drive towards Oldham (A627M). After 2 miles take the exit signposted 'Oldham/Ashton (A627)'. Take the slip road to the roundabout and take 2nd exit onto dual carriageway (Chadderton Way). After a mile, take the first exit on the roundabout to Featherstall Road North. At the traffic lights turn left onto the A671 Rochdale Road. The Christie at Oldham is on your left hand side.

By Bus

These bus routes pass by the Royal Oldham hospital.

  • 64 (Manchester to Oldham)
  • 182 (Rochdale to Manchester)
  • 406 (Mills Hill to Oldham)
  • 409 (Rochdale to Ashton)
  • 418 (Chadderton to Springhead)
  • 159 (Middleton to Oldham)
  • 402 (Royton to Oldham)
  • 408 (Shaw to Stalybridge)
  • 428 (Buckstones to Oldham)

By Ambulance Transport

If you are unable to use public transport and have no other means of travelling to the hospital, you may be able to use ambulance transport. This has to be for medical resons.

First visit: Please phone The Christie Transport Department on 0161 446 3512. The staff will be able to advise you about eligibility for ambulance transport and arrange bookings for you.

Ring and Ride

Ring and ride is a service provided by the Manchester Transport Service. The tansport staff at The Christie will be happy to help you register with the service (0161 446 3512).

Car ParkingOpen

There is a designated and free of charge car park for Christie at Oldham patients. The car park is located next to The Christie at Oldham building, allowing easy access into the department. The car park has a secure barrier and code access. The code changes monthly and staff will inform you of the code and any changes in advance.

There is an intercom at the entrance to the car park that links directly to the department reception where staff are always available to help. There are disabled bays in the car park. If all car parking spaces are full, then please use the disabled bays.

When You ArriveOpen

Go straight to the main entrance to The Christie at Oldham (there is no access via the main hospital). Please book in reception. The staff will check your details and direct you to the treatment area.

If you do not already have your photo ID, this will be taken. Photographic identification helps us to identify patients easily and improve patient safety. Only the medical staff involved in your treatement will see your picture. If you do not wish to have your photograph taken, please tell the receptionist. This will not affect your treatment in any way.

What Happens on Your First Visit?Open

Treatment planning for radiotherapy now takes place at this centre. On your first visit you will meet the radiographers who are responsible for your treatment.

They will discuss the treatment with you and this is your opportunity to ask any questions. The treatment itself is quick, but you will spend more time in the centre on your first visit, so please allow extra time.

Patient FacilitiesOpen

Cafe bar

There is a cafe serving hot drinks and snacks such as sandwiches, soup and cakes. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Macmillan Cancer Information Centre

The information centre is run in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support. It is staffed by cancer information specialists. There is a wide range of booklets available on all aspects of cancer. The centre also offers free confidential advice for anyone affected by cancer on any cancer related issues including:

  • Information, advice and emotional support on treatment
  • Side effects and supportive care
  • Talking to children
  • Complementary therapy services
  • Counselling and support groups
  • Health promotion
  • Travel insurance

Opening times vary: please ring to check - 0161 918 7745

Oldham Evening Chronicle managing editor, David Whaley, was diagnosed with throat cancer in April 2014. Throughout his treatment he wrote a series of articles chronicling his treatment.

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