In 2013, with the amazing support of BBC Radio Manchester and its listeners, £700,000 was raised to fund a state of the art mobile chemotherapy unit to take cancer care closer to patient’s homes.
- In operation for more than 1,800 hours per year
- Treats over 2,000 patients across Greater Manchester per year
- Saves patients a total of 30,000 miles of travelling per year
This bespoke vehicle is 50ft long, 15ft high and is fully kitted out with the very latest chemotherapy treatment equipment. It treats patients five days a week from 9am - 4pm, parking at different locations around the North West.
"The mobile chemotherapy unit, which has been paid for by our charity, has proved a huge success over the past 2 years. It can treat up to 100 patients a week who otherwise would have to travel long distances for treatment at our main site.
Roger Spencer, Chief Executive at The Christie
"This is a wonderful facility for anyone in my position. I only live about a mile away and can tie the visit in with doing my weekly shop. You don't waste any time queuing as you go straight in. The nurses are so pleasant it actually makes you want to be there. There are so many advantages. I applaud it and believe everyone should give it a try."
Christopher Daley, a 67 yr old patient from Hollingworth, who visits the mobile chemotherapy unit in Hyde.
"Staffed by Christie nurses and healthcare assistants it (the Unit) offers the same high standards of treatment and care consistent with our main site. The mobile unit arrives on the same day of the week at each location so this is consistent for patients having standard weekly infusions. We have extremely positive feedback from all our patients that use it."
Vicki Burns Chemotherapy Outreach Manager at The Christie