Encourage others to kick the habit
March 26th 2012
The UK was united in calling everyone to give up
smoking last week for national No Smoking Day. Social media
was busy with smoking facts and retweets encouraging people to
think more about the damage smoking has on their health.
The Christie is a non smoking site and houses some
incredible smoking cessation experts, all on hand to help patients
and their families quit. Peter Mackereth and his team
from the rehabilitation unit amaze me with their expertise and
guidance they give to both staff and patients.
As part of our efforts to help encourage people to give up,
earlier this month we created a new partnership with Greater
Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Stop Smoking Manchester, to
encourage people to have smoke free lives and homes.
Last week, we officially launched the partnership with a
successful event at Withington fire station, in which members of
the public were treated to massages, free cups of tea and some
professional advice. There will be more events like this in
the coming year, so keep an eye on our website for more
If you would like to give up smoking or have a friend or loved
one that needs some help in doing so, there is plenty of support
out there for you, both at The Christie - and beyond in Greater
Manchester and the UK.
Please help us help others to stop smoking.
There is an evident, proven connection between some
cancers and smoking, and another frightening connection with house
fires. The below facts show just how damaging this habit can
- A cigarette contains more than 4000
- If you give up smoking for 10 years, your risk of a
heart attack falls to about the same as non smoker
- In the UK, smoking kills five times more people than road
accidents, overdoses, murder, suicide and HIV all put together
- Crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
were called out to 731 fires in 2010 and 2011 that started as a
result of smoking
The smoking cessation team here at The Christie provides
advice, nicotine replacement support and complementary therapies,
such as hypnotherapy and acupuncture to help people achieve their
goal of being smoke free.
Our smoking cessation service is available to patients and
their families. For further information contact: Peter
Mackereth or Paula Maycock 0161 446 8236 or 918 7175.
For further support to quit smoking contact Manchester
Stop Smoking Service on 0161 205 5998 or visit
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Spick and span
March 7th 2012
With my blogs, I like to highlight issues that
have got me thinking over the week, but this one is simply to say
well done for something that often gets unintentionally
Last month, we received some results from a survey published by
Care Quality Commission (CQC), which focused on our outpatient
department. The questions covered aspects of care and
treatment, all of which we were delighted to receive good results
They speak volumes about the consistency of our staff's attitude
and diligence, but one which stood out for me was the 9.43 we
scored out of 10 for the Trust's clean environment and
With such a large site and with so many visitors everyday, the
overall impression we give to those individuals is hugely important
and I cannot praise our domestic staff enough. More
importantly, people are often here facing a tough time, which makes
it even more vital to create somewhere pleasant for them to be.
We showed David Flory, deputy NHS chief executive around a few
weeks ago and he commented on how impressed he was with what he
described as one of the 'cleanest' trusts he has seen.
Feedback like this is something shared and celebrated across the
Trust and as well as our superb clinical staff and various other
teams, it's also the people who work behind the scenes that
contribute to what we are.
I think a good environment is achieved through team effort, from
everyone and anyone. I'm a little bit of an annoyance with
our environment and like to wander around the Trust with a bin bag
removing old posters and checking everything is spick and
span. Our environment is something to work hard on and be
proud of. Everything from the art room to our relaxation
rooms is well maintained as best we can.
Well done to all those who contribute to reaching and
maintaining this standard. It makes a huge difference to our
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Manchester firmly on the map
March 2nd 2012
Manchester is already firmly on the map in terms
of cancer research and yesterday this became even more evident with
a £12.5 million funding boost from the Government for clinical
This was allocated to our talented team at The Christie and two
other trusts, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS
The fantastic news of our £4.5 million funding spread across the
Trust yesterday, with much excitement and pride. I was
with our Chairman, Lord Keith Bradley yesterday, when we heard the
news and he was extremely impressed not only with everyone's
expertise in the Trust and this result itself, but also with the
key organizations involved across the city. The
'collaborative approach' is what he feels has made a real
difference in getting us to this stage.
This funding will make a huge difference and is essential for
our research to continue over the next few years. This will
undoubtedly have an immense positive impact on our patients.
We'll keep everyone up to date with developments over the coming
months and years. But for now, I'd just like to
say congratulations to Andrew Wardley, our director of the cancer
trials unit, and his team for all their expertise in completing
this funding bid.
The Christie Phase I/II Cancer Trials Unit,
opened in late 2010, conducts early phase research and is home to
many firsts into human studies. As well as these early phase
trials, the unit conducts later phase research across a range of
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