The Christie: Cancer centre launches mobile chemotherapy unit

Artist drawings of the unit
Image caption The Christie treats more than 40,000 patients a year

A specialist cancer centre is to launch a mobile chemotherapy unit to treat patients across Greater Manchester.

The Christie's £700,000 unit will treat up to 20 people a day in Failsworth, Bolton, Hyde, Rochdale and Trafford.

It will be staffed by specialist nurses and stationed in the different towns from Monday to Friday from October.

Listeners of BBC Radio Manchester helped to fundraise for the unit after the station chose The Christie to be their charity of the year.

The mobile unit will have four treatment chairs and a waiting area for relatives.

'Most needed'

The centre's outreach manager, Vicky Burns, said the towns "have been specifically chosen following research which showed where the unit was needed most".

"The mobile unit will arrive on the same day of the week at each location so this is consistent for patients having standard weekly infusions," she added.

All patients will be assessed by a nurse before their treatment begins and patients will continue to have regular reviews by a consultant.

The Christie treats more than 40,000 patients a year, with about a quarter of patients referred from other parts of the country for specialist treatment.

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