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Wigan Cancer Care service partners with UK’s leading cancer hospital

Newsdate: 4 April 2014

The Christie Interim CEO Roger Spencer and WWL CEO Andrew Foster CBE shake hands to seal ‘The Christie at Wigan’ cancer care partnershipThe new £5 million Cancer Care Centre under construction at Wigan Infirmary has been boosted with news of a joint cancer care service between Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (The Christie).

Starting 1 April, the ‘The Christie at Wigan’ service will see specialist cancer doctors from The Christie work side-by-side with WWL cancer care doctors and nurses to provide local access to high quality, effective and convenient chemotherapy treatment.

“The Christie has a world class reputation in providing specialist cancer services for patients,” says WWL Chief Executive, Andrew Foster. “From 1 April, The Christie at Wigan partnership will ensure the high class cancer care currently provided at Wigan Infirmary is taken to a new level."

The Christie at Wigan will be the first time the UK’s leading cancer hospital has provided chemotherapy treatment under its ‘The Christie at’ brand, guaranteeing patients in Wigan receive expert Christie treatment and first class WWL cancer care, close to home.

New Wigan Cancer Care CentreAs part of the national ‘Chemotherapy Closer to Home’ initiative, The Christie at Wigan will see increasing numbers of patients currently treated at The Christie in Manchester offered treatment in Wigan.

Interim chief executive at The Christie, Roger Spencer, said; “We’re thrilled to be working with the team at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and to be providing this service for cancer patients.

“Treating patients in their own communities, therefore saving them the inconvenience of having to make long journeys, is really important to us. 

“This partnership will expand on the chemotherapy service we already provide at our main site in south Manchester, in local hospitals, patients’ homes and via our mobile chemotherapy unit.  Patients will receive the same high standards of Christie care, but much closer to home.”

‘The Christie at Wigan’ will be the feature service when the new Wigan Cancer Care Centre and Pathology Essential Services Laboratory, currently under construction at Wigan Infirmary, opens later this year.

On schedule to open in autumn 2014, the Wigan Cancer Care Centre will offer patients a Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, 12 chemotherapy treatment patient areas, counselling facilities and a complementary therapy suite.

WWL CEO Andrew Foster and The Christie Interim CEO Roger Spencer sign to make ‘The Christie at Wigan’ cancer care partnership a reality“A significant number of our cancer patients currently travel to The Christie for their treatments. It is fantastic news that, in addition to The Christie at Wigan service, more patients who currently travel to south Manchester will be offered the choice of being treated locally here in Wigan when the Wigan Cancer Care Centre opens,” says WWL Director of Operations and Performance, Fiona Noden.

“We anticipate the majority of patients receiving chemotherapy will choose to be treated closer to home, so it vital to ensure patients receiving their cancer treatment here in Wigan do so in a high quality facility designed especially for cancer care.”

Wigan Infirmary treated approximately 1,500 chemotherapy appointments in 2012, treating 137 local residents for a range of breast, bowel and other cancers.

In the Photos above:

Top: The Christie Interim CEO Roger Spencer and WWL CEO Andrew Foster CBE shake hands to seal ‘The Christie at Wigan’ cancer care partnership
Middle: New Wigan Cancer Care Centre
Bottom:  WWL CEO Andrew Foster and The Christie Interim CEO Roger Spencer sign to make ‘The Christie at Wigan’ cancer care partnership a reality