A fundraising appeal has been launched to raise £23M for a new cancer centre at Macclesfield hospital.
The Christie hospital in Manchester is one of the world’s leading cancer hospitals, and the Christie charity is due to begin work on a new cancer centre in Macclesfield later this year. The NHS foundation trust has launched an appeal to raise £23M to complete the work.
The Christie Cancer Centre will serve 1,500 new patients in East Cheshire, providing radiotherapy, chemotherapy, outpatient care, holistic support and information services. The centre will be built at Macclesfield District General Hospital and is due to be completed in 2021.
Louise Hadley, Director of Fundraising at The Christie, said: “The Christie charity provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds and the support we receive makes a huge difference to the care and treatment that we provide to our patients and their families.”
“This new Christie Centre at Macclesfield is an ambitious project to transform cancer care for thousands of patients who use our services every year. To make it happen we need to raise £23m. We’re planning lots of exciting fundraising events over the next 12 months and we’d love the people of East Cheshire and beyond to really get behind this fundraising campaign and get involved.”
The new centre will provide care for 40,000 patients in the area around Cheshire, Staffordshire, and Derbyshire. The location will cut down journey times, a benefit in particular for patients who need regular appointments.
The new centre has been designed to accommodate frail and disabled patients, with measures such as additional rails, calming environments, fall reduction measures, and large signage. The centre will have the capacity to deliver 4,000 chemotherapy treatments and 15,000 radiotherapy treatments a year, with two linear accelerators, outpatient facilities, specialist examination rooms, a CT simulator, counselling and therapy facilities and has been designed to resemble the Manchester hospital.
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