A number of cancer patients from across Greater Manchester and Cheshire can receive their cancer treatment in their own homes, thanks to a scheme launched by specialist cancer centre, The Christie in Manchester.
Approximately 70 patients per week are eligible to benefit from The Christie at Home service which is currently being offered to patients receiving certain types of treatments by injection.
Initially introduced as a three month pilot in 2015, the scheme has now been implemented as part of the hospital’s pledge to patients to provide its excellent standard of treatment not only at its main Christie site, but both nearer to and in patients’ homes where possible.
Patients prescribed breast cancer drugs Denosumab, Fulvestrant and Herceptin, or who receive treatment injections are eligible for The Christie at Home service.
Susan Waite, 58 from Bury took part in the pilot and has continued to use The Christie at Home service as part of her treatment.
She said: “I first started treatment at The Christie when I was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2010. Although the drive is under an hour, coming on different days for each of my appointments became time consuming and tiring.
Christie at Home is an excellent idea. It saves the time and worry of travelling to the main hospital site and there’s no waiting times to deal with. I was delighted when my consultant told me that I could now have my blood tests done locally too. It’s a lot less stress all round.
The nurses are really friendly and it’s so much easier to be able to ask them any questions that I might have from the comfort of my own home.
Vicki Burns, outreach chemotherapy manager at The Christie, said: “The Christie at Home service sees us take an extra step with our outreach programme following the success of the mobile chemotherapy unit and introduction of specialist clinics within the local community.
It’s a really positive move providing autonomy for both patients and staff. Patients are spared the time travelling to our main hospital site with no need for parking and no wait for appointments. Christie nursing staff have the opportunity to develop their skills in another setting outside of the main hospital and there’s an improved flow of appointments at our main site.
Christie patients that are prescribed a treatment suitable for administration at home will be advised of this during a discussion with their doctor The Christie outreach team will then contact them to provide more information on its home visits so the patient can decide if they would like to use the service.
The Christie’s outreach service includes;
The mobile chemotherapy unit which is open 5 days a week in Rochdale, Trafford, Hyde, Chadderton and Bolton (1 day a week at each site)
Nurse led clinics one day a week at Salford Royal, Bury Townside Primary Care Centre and Ashton Primary Care Centre
Peripheral clinics at other Trusts in Macclesfield, Leighton, Stockport, Bolton, Wigan and Oldham.