A NEW partnership between Wigan Infirmary and a world-renowned cancer centre has been announced by health chiefs.
The Christie at Wigan is the name of the new satellite site which will see Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust join forces.
From Monday patients visiting ‘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 and convenient chemotherapy treatment.
WWL chief executive Andrew Foster said: “The Christie has a world class reputation in providing specialist cancer services for patients.
“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 say hospital bosses.
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.”
And treatment is expected to go from strength to strength when the new £5m Wigan Cancer Care Centre opens in the autumn.
Wigan Infirmary treated approximately 1,500 chemotherapy appointments in 2012, treating 137 local residents for a range of breast, bowel and other cancers say health bosses.