NHS Referrals

10,000 new patients are referred to The Christie each year from within the Greater Manchester area to be seen by a Christie consultant.

An additional 3,500 patients are referred who are resident outside of the Greater Manchester region. Patients are diagnosed at various trusts across the region, usually by the patient's local hospital, and then referred to The Christie to provide specialist care after initial diagnosis and sometimes after primary treatment.

Information for GPs

If you require access to any of our Medical or Clinical Oncology Consultants please make telephone contact with The Christie switchboard 0161 446 3000.

If you require any clinical information or advice regarding a current patient please make contact with the Acute Oncology Management service (incorporating the hotline) 0161 446 3658. You will be welcomed with a message to direct you to the appropriate service which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you require any non-clinical patient information and advice please call The Christie Cancer information centre 0161 446 8100.

Patient eligibility and selection criteria

Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust if they are:

1. Ordinarily resident in the UK


2. Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2011 (as amended in 2012).


GP's can refer any Christie patient with lymphoedema into our service by sending a written referral or faxed referral [0161 446 8151] to the Physio Dept or directly addressed to Julie Kenyon or Paula Williams, lymphoedema specialists.

The Christie Hotline

The Christie Hotline service is a 24 hour telephone helpline service available to patients and carers for advice/management on the side effects and complications of cancer treatments. You can find out more on our page about The Christie Hotline.

Last updated: April 2023