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WWL Announces Opening of Brand New Cancer Care Centre

Newsdate: 27 October 2014

Pictured: Progress being made on the construction of the Cancer Care CentreWrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL), The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support are thrilled to announce that the operational opening of the Cancer Care Centre will take place in December 2014.

The three healthcare providers have formed a partnership to bring together cancer care services for people in the Wigan Borough. This initiative comes in the form of a brand new, £5 million, Cancer Care Centre, which offers 12 Chemotherapy treatment areas, counselling facilities, a complementary therapy suite and a Macmillan Information and Support Service.

As part of the national ‘Chemotherapy Closer to Home’ initiative, the new Cancer Care Centre has developed a joint service with The Christie to undertake certain chemotherapy treatments currently provided at its hospital in Manchester.

The Christie charity has donated £98,442 for the purchase of NHS plus equipment for the suite, assuring that patients receive their treatment in an environment equal to the standard they would expect at the main Christie site in Withington.

Jackie Wrench, Service Manager Lead Nurse Chemotherapy at The Christie said: “We are delighted to be working with Wigan, developing a Christie at Wigan service for patients receiving chemotherapy treatments. The new purpose built unit will allow more Christie patients who live in the Wigan area to receive their treatment closer to home, reducing the time spent on travelling for treatment and increase the time spent on the normal everyday things that are really important to our patients.”

Leonora Anson, Chemotherapy Unit Manager, says: “Our new Cancer Care Centre will bring about a new standard for cancer care. It will improve the experience for cancer patients and help to save more lives.  Being able to get better treatment closer to home will be much better for our patients.

In addition, Macmillan Cancer Support are providing a fantastic new Information and Support service, not only in the Wigan Cancer Care Centre but also at the Thomas Linacre Centre in Wigan and Information pods will be available on the Leigh Infirmary site.

 Ann- Marie Kelly, Macmillan Information Manager, said that this service will guarantee that patients have access to all vital information throughout their cancer journey. “Anyone who is affected by cancer will have access to accurate up-to-date information at all stages of the cancer pathway as well as practical, psychological and emotional support.”

As part of the initiative, the hospital’s charity, Three Wishes, has been raising money towards a patient sensory garden. The garden is designed to give cancer patients and their families a relaxing and comfortable retreat within the hospital grounds. WWL staff have organised their own fundraising events, including taking part in ‘Tough Mudder’ back in September.

WWL volunteers will be working in the Chemotherapy Suite, supporting patients both emotionally and physically during their cancer journey. They will also be undertaking general housekeeping duties, in order to assist the Chemotherapy team with the overall running of the Unit.

The partnership has also welcomed involvement from Cancer Charity, CANtreat, whose contributions are going to towards the design and fit out of the Complementary Therapy Suite.

WWL, The Christie and Macmillan staff and volunteers will move in to the new-building in December and shortly after; the new Cancer Care Centre will open to patients for treatment.

Pictured above: Progress being made on the construction of the Cancer Care Centre