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Global IT outage update - Monday 22 July

The issues affecting the supplier that provides our chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments have now been resolved.

We want to thank our patients for being understanding and bearing with us and we apologise for any delays caused by this. Unless our teams contact you, please attend your appointment as planned. Throughout this incident, we have prioritised the most clinically urgent patients.

The Christie provides care and treatment for hundreds of people every day. The global IT outage last Friday (19 July 2024) affected many organisations but to put it into context, this affected less than a third of our patients.

Our staff have worked tirelessly over the weekend to deliver as many chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments as possible and continue to do so to catch up on rescheduled treatments this week.

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Oncology cytogenetics

Oncology cytogenetics at The Christie Pathology Partnership is a specialist regional service, which provides genetic testing to aid diagnosis of leukaemia and other tumours.

Malignant diseases are often classified by their genetic abnormalities and certain cytogenetic tests are essential for the optimal diagnosis and treatment stratification of cancer patients. Increasingly, cancer drugs are being developed that target specific genetic lesions, which therefore require a predictive genetic test.

The department is the nominated service for leukaemia cytogenetics for local cancer networks. We work closely with specialist Histopathology departments to provide FISH testing for the diagnosis of various solid tumours and are continually developing assays to expand the diagnostic FISH service. We would be delighted to discuss your genetic testing requirements.

The Oncology Cytogenetics laboratory is UKAS accredited (ref. no. 8697), complies with professional standards issued by the Association for Clinical Genetic Science (ACGS) and participates in all relevant EQA schemes (GENQA/UKNEQAS).

Services available

  • Cytogenetics and FISH Services for haemato-oncology
  • Molecular cytogenetics (FISH) for solid tumours
  • Immunohistochemistry¬†and FISH for breast tumours
  • Molecular Genetics

Contact us

General enquiries: 0161 446 3165

Nick Telford, consultant clinical scientist, nick.telford@nhs.net

Last updated: April 2023