The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has been named the most technologically advanced cancer centre in the world outside North America.
This accolade comes from web site Top Masters in Healthcare which has painstakingly researched 100 top cancer centres across the world and ranked them according to the level of cutting edge technology available for treatment and diagnosis.
The Christie was awarded 9th place in the world and is the top centre outside of North America.
The Christie is one of Europe’s largest single-site cancer centres, treating more than 44,000 patients a year. The high-tech cancer hospital in Manchester is home to some of the largest radiotherapy and chemotherapy departments in the world and provides a mobile chemotherapy unit for treatment closer to home.
The Christie is highly focused on research and works hard to ensure that patients have access to clinical trials whenever possible, especially in the fields of imaging, nuclear medicine, surgery, gastroenterology, endocrinology, medical oncology, genetics, palliative care, and specialist nursing.
The Trust is also developing an Integrated Procedures Unit (IPU) and Proton Beam Therapy Centre which will further strengthen the technological delivery of cancer treatment.
The IPU will be a state-of-the-art unit which will bring five day-patient services together under one roof. Thousands of patients will all receive treatment in one place creating a seamless treatment experience. This will mean shorter waiting times for day-patients who need to see plastic surgery, endoscopy, radiology, pain management or day case procedures teams. The Unit will open in 2017.
The Christie is also working with NHS England to bring the UK's first high energy proton beam therapy service to Manchester. This will be one of only two high energy NHS proton beam therapy centres in the UK, the other being built at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The centre will begin treating patients in 2018.
Roger Spencer, Chief Executive at The Christie, said: “We are thrilled to be acknowledged for the advanced way we deliver cancer care and treatment. At The Christie we put patients at the heart of everything we do which means using the most advanced technology to get the best results possible. It is our aim to become a world-leading cancer centre and with our ambitious development plans for the future we are well on our way.”
The Christie is a national cancer specialist based in Manchester which serves a population of 3.2 million people across Greater Manchester and Cheshire with 26% of patients referred from across the UK. With an annual turnover of £230 million, it operates with 2,500 staff, 300 volunteers, 30,000 public members and one of the largest hospital charities in the UK.