Manchester’s specialist cancer centre, The Christie, has launched a new chemotherapy service in New Mills, Derbyshire, so that more cancer patients from the local area, can access its first class chemotherapy treatment closer to home.  

Based at Arden House Medical Practice, Christie nursing staff will be treating up to 12 patients a day, every Thursday, in a new four-chair chemotherapy suite.

A new blood testing service for Christie patients will also be available from the practice every Tuesday morning.

Previously, some patients from New Mills and the High Peak area could access chemotherapy by travelling to the outreach service at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport or via the outreach service in Tameside however, if unable to attend these clinics they would need to make a more gruelling round trip of up to three-hours to the main Christie site in South Manchester.

Many of these patients will now be just 10 to 15 minutes away from accessing this new service in New Mills.

First patient Anita Atkinson, 78 from High Lane, who is being treated for breast cancer, said: “This new chemotherapy service in New Mills has made an enormous difference to me. Previously I had to travel a long distance for treatment at The Christie’s main site in Withington which can be tiring and take hours out of your day.

“It takes me only 10 to 15 minutes to get to this new centre and in turn gives me more time to spend visiting my sons and my grandchildren.

“Christie staff are outstanding from the consultants to the tea lady and the car park attendants, so having Christie nurses providing treatment closer to where I live, is reassuring and a huge benefit.”

Christine Henry, 75, who is being treated for pancreatic cancer also attends the clinic. She added: “I live in New Mills so being able to have my treatment two to three minutes away is wonderful, I can’t praise it highly enough.

“Previously I had to travel to the main Christie site in Withington which took hours out of my day.  Now, I can be in and out and back home in time for lunch and the rest of the day.”

Victoria Burns, outreach chemotherapy manager at The Christie, said: “This new service in New Mills 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, Arden House Medical Practice, New Mills
  • 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.