The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has launched a chemotherapy service at the new £1.8m Tameside Macmillan Unit, based at Tameside Hospital .
Staff will care for up to 20 patients a day, three days a week, in the state-of-the-art, six-chair chemotherapy suite. Hundreds of patients will now be able to access treatment closer to home.
The new centre, funded by Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, will also provide a palliative care consulting room, complementary therapy room and prosthesis and wig-fitting areas.
At the moment patients from Tameside and Glossop are able to access chemotherapy on The Christie’s mobile chemotherapy unit If they couldn’t attend these clinics, patients would be forced to make a gruelling trip to the main Christie site in south Manchester.
Victoria Burns, outreach chemotherapy manager at The Christie, added: “This new centre at Tameside takes us another step forward with our chemotherapy outreach programme. Seeing the difference the service makes to our patients will always keep us moving forward. The outreach chemotherapy team is passionate about what it does and we are all so very proud and privileged to be in a position to make such a difference to our patients.”