Strike action between Monday 2 October to Thursday 5 October 2023

Consultants and junior doctors at The Christie will both strike between 7am on Monday 2 October to 7am on Thursday 5 October 2023. Both consultants and junior doctors will still provide emergency care during their strikes.

We are proactively contacting patients with appointments that may be affected by this strike. If you have an appointment at the Trust on any of these dates, please continue to come to The Christie and our other centres as planned unless we contact you to tell you otherwise. There may be longer waits than usual in clinics during this time.

Please do not call to check if your appointment is still going ahead.

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Your named clinical oncologist will discuss your treatment plan with you and plan your proton beam therapy (PBT), as well as monitor you whilst on treatment.

Clinical oncologists 

Clinical oncologists are doctors who treat and manage patients with cancer. They do this using radiotherapy including PBT, chemotherapy and other treatments, except surgery. A PBT accredited consultant clinical oncologist will be responsible for your care at The Christie.

Medical oncologists 

Medical oncologists are also doctors who treat and manage patients with cancer. They treat cancer with chemotherapy as well. Teenage and young adult (TYA) patients, and adult patients (16 years or older) who require chemotherapy will also be seen by a medical oncologist during their stay at The Christie. Medical and clinical oncologists frequently work together. 

Paediatric oncologists 

Paediatric oncologists specialise in treating children with cancer. All paediatric patients (under 16 years old) receiving PBT at The Christie will also receive care from the nearby Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH), who will deliver chemotherapy if required. 

Your oncologists are supported by a team of junior doctors (fellows, specialist trainees and registrars). They are also supported by nurse/radiographer practitioners, nurse clinicians and other skilled specialist staff.

The oncologists you could see when you come for proton beam therapy at The Christie are Dr Saunders, Dr Wylie, Dr Lee, Dr Thomson, Professor Smith, Dr Whitfield, Dr Colaco, Dr Pan and Dr Thorpe.

Last updated: March 2023