Jo Gardiner, Christie patient

Christie patient Jo has been coming to The Christie for a number of years for cancer treatment. But her last few chemotherapy treatments have been a bit different, as she’s had them during the lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic.

At The Christie, we’ve taken some steps to make sure our patients stay safe. This has included stopping visitors to reduce the numbers of people in the hospital and screening all patients and staff members when they arrive.

When Jo arrived for a PET CT scan on 13 May to find out if her chemotherapy was working, she had to enter The Christie at one entrance and leave via another. This is so we can monitor the numbers of people coming into the hospital.

Jo then went through the screening process to see if she had a temperature or a new persistent cough, or if she’d been in contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19. She followed the one-way system round the hospital and stayed 2 metres apart from other people by using the floor markings.

After Jo visited The Christie, her scan results thankfully showed she was in remission.

Watch Jo’s video below to see what it’s like visiting The Christie currently and what we’re doing to keep patients safe.