Cancer unit all set for a festive date

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WIGAN’S new £5m cancer care unit is to open in December.

An exciting new partnership between Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL), The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support will vastly improve treatment for the borough’s cancer patients.

The three healthcare providers have formed a partnership to bring together cancer care services and will include 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.

“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, said: “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, added: “Anyone affected by cancer will have access to accurate up-to-date information at all stages of the cancer pathway as well as practical and emotional support.”

Staff are set to move in before Christmas.