Manchester’s specialist cancer centre, The Christie, has launched a new chemotherapy service at Tameside Hospital, so that more cancer patients from the Tameside and Glossop area, can access its first class chemotherapy treatment closer to home.  

Based at the new £1.8m Tameside Macmillan Unit, Christie nursing staff will be treating up to 20 patients a day, three days a week, in a new six-chair chemotherapy suite.

The new centre, which has been funded by Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, will also provide a palliative care consulting room, complementary therapy room and prosthesis and wig-fitting areas.

Previously patients from Tameside and Glossop could access chemotherapy on The Christie’s mobile chemotherapy unit that travelled to Hyde one day a week, or The Christie chemotherapy clinic at Ashton Primary Care Centre on one day per week. If unable to attend these clinics then patients would need to make a gruelling round trip of up to three-hours to the main Christie site in South Manchester.

First patient Christine Foynes, 58, from Ashton under Lyne, was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in March last year, and after having initial treatment at the main Christie site, began her treatment at the new centre this week.

Christine said: “The new centre is a lovely, bright, welcoming and calm space. It makes such a difference not to have to travel a long distance for treatment which can be tiring and take hours out of your day.

“My first visit was like walking in to a centre of calm. The Christie staff are amazing and make you feel at ease straight away. This new centre will make such a difference to patients like me who live in the Tameside and Glossop area. Together with the mobile chemotherapy unit, we can now access chemotherapy treatment on our doorstep four days a week.”

Victoria Burns, outreach chemotherapy manager at The Christie, said: “This new centre at Tameside takes us another step forward with our chemotherapy outreach programme following the success of our other clinic’s in the community, the mobile chemotherapy unit and the launch of our Christie at Home service.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of all the chemotherapy team, the chemotherapy outreach service has come such a long way in the last few years. We are on track to provide in excess of 18,000 anti-cancer therapies through our local clinics this year.

“Seeing the difference the service makes to our patients will always keep us moving forward. The outreach chemotherapy team is passionate about what it does and we are all so very proud and privileged to be in a position to make such a difference to our patients.”

The Christie’s chemotherapy outreach service includes;

  • The mobile chemotherapy unit which is open during the week in Rochdale, Trafford, Chadderton and Bolton
  • Nurse led clinics one day a week at Salford Royal, Bury Townside Primary Care Centre
  • Peripheral clinics at other Trusts in Macclesfield, Leighton, Stockport, Bolton, Wigan Oldham and Tameside.

If you are interested in finding out more about Christie chemotherapy services in the community, please contact the satellite chemotherapy outreach team on 0161 918 7654.

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked ‘Outstanding’ by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission which referred to it as ‘exceptional’ and ‘a leader in its field’. The CQC commended the Trust not only for its effectiveness and care but also for its work in shaping the future of cancer care, noting the reach and influence of its clinical research projects.