A chance to glimpse behind the scenes at The Christie

Press release posted 17 July 2018

 Christie hospital is opening its doors to the public as the Trust concludes its NHS 70th anniversary celebrations.

The open day on Saturday 28th July will offer visitors the chance to have guided tours of Europe’s largest single site cancer centre, including 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 is urging people to come and see some of the pioneering work being done to combat cancer.

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

The Christie garden will also be open and the complementary therapy team will be on hand to offer massage taster sessions. There will also be an NHS 70 display in the conservatory.

Refreshments and live music will also be 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.

The Christie charity centre will be open throughout the day with members of the team on hand to explain the vital work that is funded by donations as well as the chance to enter a raffle and Christie Bear will also be making an appearance.

Roger Spencer, Chief Executive at The Christie, said: “This fantastic event is the culmination of our NHS 70 celebrations, which began 70 days ago with the Great Manchester Run. The open day is an opportunity for visitors to come and see some of leading the work being done at The Christie and to meet some of our dedicated and talented staff.

“There will also be the chance to see our state of the art proton beam therapy centre, which will begin treating patients this autumn as well as many other important areas of treatment and research. We hope you can all join us for what promises to be a great day.”

Tours of the Integrated Procedures Unit and Clinical Trials Unit are available on the day and the Manchester Cancer Research Centre on Wilmslow Road (opposite The Christie) will also be open to the public, offering demonstrations and laboratory tours.

The Christie Open Day is on Saturday July 28 from 10am to 3pm and is on a drop in basis. Tours will take place every 20 minutes and can be booked at the main Oak Road entrance.

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.