WIGAN actress Kym Marsh has officially opened a new surgical ward at The Christie.
The surgical gynaecological oncology ward is offering a new service in a completely refurbished space at the world-renowned cancer centre in Manchester.
And Corrie star Kym said: “I feel a very strong attachment to The Christie. I’ve not had personal experience of coming here but friends of mine have and they all say what an amazing place it is.
“The Christie was invaluable to them and I like to be involved in causes I feel passionately about.”
The new Ward 1 will also be the first purpose-built surgical gynaecology unit offering robotic surgery in the North West.
The Christie is visited by hundreds of Wigan borough residents for cancer treatment.
Christie chief executive Roger Spencer said: “This is a bespoke inpatient environment for a certain group of patients and the feedback we’ve had so far is that they’re delighted with the facilities.
“We’re very pleased that Kym was able to help us open it officially.”
Patient Louise Hassall, from Wistaston near Crewe, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2010, said: “It was a privilege to be there and the facilities are brilliant.
“It’s lovely that all the gynae patients are in one place, because it helps to talk to people who understand what you’re going through on your journey and can relate to you.”
Senior sister Emma Turner, manager of Ward 1, said the 10-bed ward had been designed as an airy and welcoming environment which would also offer state-of-the-art surgery.
Kym was joined for the official opening ceremony by Louise and fellow Christie patient Hayley Oakes from Glossop.