This was initially a pilot programme which has now become a permanent fixture with positive feedback from patients. We hope to grow the service so it will be available to patients who have been treated for a wide range of cancers. Patients are seen by a specialist nurse who has extensive knowledge of prostate cancer, the management of side effects of treatment and disease monitoring. The clinics are more accessible and patients will have longer appointment times in a more relaxed environment with a focus on supporting men to get their lives back on track after cancer therapies.
The community service is freeing up clinic space at The Christie for patients with more complex needs or more advanced disease. Patients have rapid access back to The Christie Hospital should they require it.
The following clinics currently running
- Ashton Primary Care Centre – Thursday afternoons 1pm – 5pm weekly
- Sale – Chapel Road Clinic – Tuesday mornings weekly 9am-12.30pm
- Bury - Townside Primary Care Centre – Friday mornings 9am – 12.30pm
- Macclesfield - Waters Green Medical centre – Wednesday afternoons weekly 1.30pm – 5pm
- Hazel Grove Clinic – Tuesday mornings every other week 9am to 12pm
- Stockport - Beechwood Cancer Care Centre - Tuesday mornings 9am to 12pm every other week
Clinical nurse specialist Helen Johnson said:
Patients are receiving the same high-quality Christie care but much closer to where they live which just makes life so much easier for patients, particularly for those that don’t have their own means of transport.
One patient who has benefited from the service is 66-year-old Derek Edwards from Wythenshawe. The father of three, who has two grandchildren, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2010. He has since undergone brachytherapy treatment as well as 15 sessions of regular radiotherapy and is now in remission.
He said: I think this new service is a great idea, the appointment was much easier to get to and it shows just how much The Christie really thinks about and cares for its patients by offering things like this.
Director of nursing and quality, Jackie Bird, said:
These clinics are currently part of an 18 month pilot and we’re hoping they will become a permanent fixture as even in just a few months we can see just how beneficial they are to patients.