Treating more than 60,000 patients each year, 26% of our patients are referred here from hospitals across the UK.
A map showing some average return journey times to The Christie.
For some patients in East Cheshire, coming to The Christie can mean a journey time of 2 hours or more. This puts tremendous pressure on them and their families at a time when they are already dealing with emotional stress of a cancer diagnosis.
“The standard of care from The Christie has been exceptional. I knew I was in the best place for my treatment, but having to travel so far was very disruptive. It meant I was not able to get home in time for school runs.”
- Gemma Ellis, Christie patient from Chapel-en-le-Frith in Derbyshire
Our vision for our patients
What patients need and deserve is first-class treatment and care from Christie experts, closer to home. This helps to enhance their patient experience and still ensures the best clinical outcomes.
To achieve this, we have developed The Christie chemotherapy and immunotherapy outreach service. This includes clinics at a number of hospital trusts, hospices, care centre, our mobile chemotherapy unit and our Christie at home service.
Thanks to the incredible success of these services, we are delighted to announce our exciting plan to open a new Christie cancer centre in Macclesfield.
The new centre will transform cancer care in East Cheshire, bringing together essential cancer services into one purpose-built unit delivering local specialist access to radiotherapy, chemotherapy, holistic support and information services, outpatient care and palliative care.
There will be 18 treatment chairs to deliver more than 4,000 chemotherapy treatments a year. It will also provide a wider range of clinical trials, giving more patients better access to new treatments as they become available.
“Whilst patients and families are prepared to travel to The Christie for specialist services, we also understand that in reality many would prefer to have those services locally where possible. It saves valuable time and money and can make a difficult time much easier.”
- Dr Andrew Sykes, consultant clinical oncologist at The Christie
Read more about why the consultant is supporting The Christie at Macclesfield project in Dr Andrew Sykes' blog.
How you can help
Your donations in support of this project will not only save patients time and money on fuel costs and fares. It will also mean that patients are free to spend more time doing the things they love.
We've now started work on the two storey building, with the aim of opening by the end of 2021.
You can also raise money in support of The Christie at Macclesfield. There are lots of ways to raise funds for The Christie, whether it be at work, with friends, on your own or in a group - every penny you raise makes a difference for our patients.