Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cancer Patients Get Home Help as Christie Hits Road ; Pounds 700k Chemotherapy Unit Brings Care Closer Now Patients Won't Have to Go to Hospital

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cancer Patients Get Home Help as Christie Hits Road ; Pounds 700k Chemotherapy Unit Brings Care Closer Now Patients Won't Have to Go to Hospital

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THE Christie has revealed it is to launch a mobile chemotherapy unit to bring care closer to home for cancer patients across Greater Manchester.

The new Pounds 700,000 unit will be stationed in Bolton, Failsworth, Hyde, Rochdale and Trafford, Monday to Friday, from October.

It means the Christie, the specialist cancer centre based in Withington, can provide care for around 100 patients nearer to where they live.

The mobile unit will have four treatment chairs to enable Christie nurses to treat up to 20 cancer patients a day. There will also be a waiting area for relatives.

It will treat people between 8am and 4pm and has been funded entirely by The Christie charity.

Vicky Burns, outreach manager at the Christie, said: "These different areas - Bolton, Failsworth, Hyde, Rochdale and Trafford - have been specifically chosen following research which showed where the unit was needed most.

"It will be staffed by Christie nurses and healthcare assistants to ensure the same high standards of treatment and care consistent with our main site. …

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