Services for patients

The following services are in place to help you during your stay at The Christie


Drinks, cakes and sandwiches are available Monday to Friday at the coffee shop in the Oak Road reception.

The tea bar in outpatients (department 42) serves drinks and snacks Monday to Friday.

The restaurant (department 19) serves hot meals, sandwiches, salads, snacks and drinks Monday to Friday. Hot lunches can be obtained at the weekends and bank holidays.

Opening times vary, so please ask your nurse or ward staff for more details or check our Facilities page.

Special diets

Please tell your nurse on admission if you have any special dietary needs (diabetic, gluten-free, dairy-free or liquidised). The nurse will inform the catering department about this. If you are on a gluten-free diet, gluten-free bread and biscuits can be sent to your ward. If you are on a dairy-free diet, soya milk is available. Kosher meals and halal meals are available on request. The menu folder at your bedside has more information.


Please ask for letters to be addressed to:

<Your full name>
<Ward number>
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Wilmslow Road
Manchester M20 4BX

You can give letters to the ward administrator who will arrange for them to be posted. There is also a post box in the Oak Road reception, and stamps are sold in the gift shop.

Newspapers and books

A trolley from the gift shop comes round to the wards with newspapers and magazines as well as confectionery, drinks and some toiletries.

Telephone calls

If your relatives and friends want to phone to ask how you are, they can ring your ward directly or they can ring patient enquiries on 0161 446 3797. It is better if you can designate one person from your family to call the hospital.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones can be used in certain areas, such as day rooms. To respect patient confidentiality, camera phones must not be used to take images at The Christie unless permission has been obtained.

Gift shop

The Christie has its own gift shop in Oak Road reception. Gift items, toiletries, writing paper and cards as well as newspapers and magazines are on sale. A selection of head coverings is available.

Things to do

Because your treatment takes up only part of the day, you are likely to have spare time. Christie guest wi-fi is available, please ask a member of staff for the password.

Activities such as art classes are organised at the hospital. The classes are free and all materials are provided.

There is a pleasant conservatory (department 9) leading to the garden where you can relax with your visitors.