A planning application for a new two storey building to house the proposed Christie at Macclesfield cancer centre has been submitted to East Cheshire Council.

If approved, the new centre will transform cancer care in East Cheshire, providing Christie cancer care closer to home for more than 1,500 patients a year. This will include more than 15,000 radiotherapy treatments every year and 4,000 chemotherapy treatments a year.

It will bring together essential cancer services into one purpose-built unit delivering local specialist access to radiotherapy, chemotherapy, holistic support and information services, outpatient care, palliative care and clinical trials.

Commenting on this key milestone Dr Andrew Sykes, director of clinical oncology and clinical lead for The Christie at Macclesfield project, said: “Much work has already been done to get us to the point where we have submitted a planning application for the proposed new The Christie at Macclesfield cancer centre. This is a very significant development in the project.

“We now look forward to working with the planners at East Cheshire Council to ensure that the plans submitted comply with local planning policies and address the needs of the local community.

“We cannot say a big enough thank you to everyone in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas, who have supported us in our ambition to develop a new cancer centre in Macclesfield that delivers cancer care to the highest Christie standards.

“Our fundraising has got off to a great start but there is still a long way to go before we reach the £23m needed. We can’t do this without the support of the whole community.

“Since we launched this appeal we have heard time and again from patients and their carers about how much they value the care they receive from The Christie but how important it is for them to be able to have this closer to their homes.”

While some cancer care is currently available in Macclesfield, many patients travel to The Christie in South Manchester for their appointments. This can often mean a journey time of over an hour each way which puts tremendous pressure on patients and their families at an already stressful time. 

Planning for the new centre has taken into account East Cheshire’s ageing population and the predicted increase in demand for specialist cancer services in future years. The centre would be purpose built to meet the needs of frail people and those with cogitative impairment or dementia. Staff will also have frailty and cognitive training.

Subject to planning permission being granted, work on the two storey building is expected to start later this year with the aim of opening during summer 2021. 

For details of how you can support The Christie Cancer Centre at Macclesfield fundraising appeal, go to www.christies.org/macclesfield

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust providing enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. This includes money for care and treatment, research, education and extra patient services. Gifts from the public make a huge difference to the care and treatment that The Christie is able to provide to our patients and their families. The charity has more than 53,000 supporters who helped raise £13.9m last year. 

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust was the first specialist trust to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ twice (in 2016 and 2018) by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It referred to The Christie as ‘a leader in cancer care’ and ‘a pioneer in developing innovative solutions to cancer care.’ The CQC praised the Trust’s staff which it said ‘go the extra mile to meet the needs of patients and their families’ and that they were ‘exceptionally kind and caring.’ In 2017, the CQC rated The Christie as the best specialist trust in the country, and one of the top three trusts overall in England.