What happens on your first visit?

Go straight to the main entrance to The Christie at Oldham (there is no access via the main Royal Oldham Hospital). Please book in at reception. The staff will check your details and direct you to the correct waiting area. 

We will ask you if we can take your photo to use on your records. This means that when you come for your next appointment, staff members can use this picture to identify you. They can also use this to identify you during treatment - this helps us improve patient safety.

Only the staff involved in your care will see your picture. If you do not wish to have your photograph taken, please tell the receptionist. This will not affect your treatment in any way. 

The majority of treatment planning for radiotherapy being delivered at Oldham can take place at this centre. This may involve the use of a CT scanner (see photograph below).

On your first visit, you will meet members of the support team who will arrange treatment times and any other support you may need upon request (transport, interpreter, physiotherapy, complementary therapy and benefits advice).

Your first radiotherapy treatment

On the day of your first radiotherapy treatment, the radiographers will discuss the treatment with you and give you another opportunity to ask any questions.

The treatment itself is quick and is delivered using a linear accelerator (see photograph below). However, you will need to spend more time in the centre on your first visit, so please allow extra time for this.

Last updated: February 2020

Christie stories during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we're doing all we can to make sure patients get the treatment, information and support they need. Read some stories from our patients and staff to find out what The Christie is doing at this difficult time.

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“We have seen a lot of our research staff return to the office. This has massively improved morale as it is a lot easier to connect with people.”
Corinne Faivre-Finn, Christie consultant
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“Of course, the COVID-19 virus has not gone away – we have to be cautious and we have to proceed in an appropriate way.”
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