The Christie hospital opened its doors to the public as the Trust concluded its NHS 70th anniversary celebrations.

The open day on Saturday 28th July gave visitors the chance to see behind the scenes of Europe’s largest single site cancer centre, including tours of the UK’s first NHS high energy proton beam therapy centre.

The Christie treats approximately 44,000 patients a year and as part of the NHS 70th anniversary celebrations, the Trust invited people to come and see first-hand some of the pioneering work being done to combat cancer.

The open day allowed people to see inside a surgery theatre and even watch how the Trust’s state-of-the-art surgical robots, named ‘Mona’ and ‘Lisa,’ deliver cutting edge treatment.

There was a tour of the Integrated Procedures Unit which is home to the Trust’s plastic surgery, endoscopy, radiology and pain management teams. There were also tours of The Christie’s NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility which hosts clinical trials, as well as the Manchester Cancer Research Centre which carried out demonstrations and laboratory tours.

The Christie garden was open and the complementary therapy team were on hand to offer massage taster sessions. There was also an NHS 70 display in the conservatory along with the opportunity to contribute to a large mosaic artwork that will be displayed in the hospital.

Refreshments and live music were on offer throughout the day, complete with a special performance from the Manchester Survivors Choir who formed following the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena last year, and who have been supported during their recovery by The Christie complementary therapy team.

The Christie charity centre was also open with members of the team there to explain the vital work that is funded by donations and Christie Bear also made an appearance.

Roger Spencer, Chief Executive at The Christie, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people visit the Trust to conclude our NHS 70 celebrations. It demonstrated just how highly our hospital and charity are regarded within the community and we were delighted to be able to show the great work being done at The Christie by our dedicated and talented staff. We hope everybody who came had an enjoyable and educational experience. Thanks to everybody who attended and for all the support we receive. It is truly appreciated.”

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked ‘Outstanding’ by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which referred to it as ‘exceptional’ and ‘a leader in its field’. It not only commended the Trust for its effectiveness and care, but highlighted its work in shaping the future of cancer care and noted the reach and influence of its clinical research projects. The CQC also rated The Christie the best specialist trust in the country, and one of the top three trusts overall in England.