HEALTH chiefs today dramatically unveiled plans for a £2.4m new cancer centre for Wigan.
The high-tech facility should be up and running at the infirmary by next year, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed.
It will mean far fewer local cancer sufferers will face regular and gruelling commutes to the Christie for chemotherapy.
The announcement of improved services within the borough comes as latest figures show it has one of the highest cancer mortality rates in the region. An average of two people are dying from the disease’s various forms in Wigan every day.
The Trust already treats patients with certain chemotherapy regimes including breast, prostate, bowel and some blood cancers in the cancer care suite at Wigan Infirmary.
But the centre, which will be a new build and replace the existing site at the hospital, will in future also have specialist clinical accommodation comprising chemotherapy treatment areas and a clinic suite.
A spokesman for WWL NHS said: “We have decided to start this development as we feel it very important that patients who are being treated for cancer are looked after in high quality facilities.
“Also we are planning for some patients who currently have to be treated in Manchester to be offered the choice to be treated locally in Wigan.
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