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The Christie extends outreach service for patients in Cheshire


Manchester’s specialist cancer centre, The Christie, has launched a new chemotherapy and blood service in Winsford, Cheshire, so that more cancer patients from the local area can access its chemotherapy treatment closer to home.

Based at St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice, Christie nursing staff will be treating up to 15 patients every Friday, in a new four chair chemotherapy suite.

A Christie blood clinic has also been introduced every Wednesday morning, where patients can get a pre-treatment blood test.

For a number of years Christie patients have benefited from attending a Christie outreach service at Leighton Hospital. However, due to service limitations it has meant that many patients still needed to make the trip to the main Christie site in South Manchester for treatment.

Many of these patients will now be just 10 to 15 minutes away from accessing this new service in Winsford.

The NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had identified a need for this service to be provided locally and worked with partners at The Christie and St Luke’s to get it up and running.

First patient Fiona Freeman, 54, from Sandbach, who is being treated for metastatic breast cancer, said: “This new chemotherapy service in Winsford has made an enormous difference to me. Previously I had to travel a long distance for treatment at The Christie in Withington which can be tiring and take hours out of your day.

“It takes me only 15 to 20 minutes to get to this new centre and in turn gives me more time to spend with my family!”

You can find out more by visiting www.valeroyalccg.nhs.uk