During Your Stay
Accommodation at The Christie
Our wards are arranged in bays of four or five
beds. The male and female beds within the wards are kept separate,
in bays or as an annexe. However, there is a short stay medical
assessment unit for emergency admissions and occasionally it is
necessary to have male and female patients in the same bay.
You may like to go out after you have had your treatment -
always check with the ward sister first.
The Christie is located five miles south of Manchester city
centre. A bus ride takes about half an hour.
You can walk to Withington or take a short bus or car ride to
Didsbury. Both places have branches of the main banks and building
societies as well as shops, cafe bars, restaurants and pubs. The
Red Lion on Wilmslow Road serves food at lunchtime. There are two
parks: nearby Fog Lane park is just off Wilmslow Road, and is a 10
minute walk. Fletcher Moss Park with its botanical gardens is on
the other side of Didsbury, so you need to take a short bus, taxi
or car ride.
Moving and handling
The Christie has a policy of minimal manual lifting which aims
to reduce the risk of injury to patients and staff. If you are
unable to move yourself independently, after assessment and
discussion we may need to use special equipment to move you.
Please tell your nurse on admission if you have any special
dietary needs (diabetic, gluten free, diary free or liquidised).
The nurse will inform the catering department about this. If you
are on a gluten-free diet, gluten-free bread and biscuits can be
sent you ward. If you are on a dairy-free diet, soya milk is
available. Kosher meals and halal meals are available on request.
The menu folder at your bedside has more information.
Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Care
Allowance are reduced after a certain period in hospital. This can
have a knock-on effect on other benefits. Some benefits are not
affected. Contact your local Department of Works and Pensions or
Job Centre Plus for details about how this affects any of your
benefits. If you need a sick note while you are in The Christie,
ask the ward administrator to give you one. If you have any queries
about your benefits, financial or work situation, while at The
Christie contact the social work department.
Things to do
Because your treatment takes up only part of the day, you are
likely to have spare time. You may like to bring a supply of books,
crosswords, MP3 players and so on.
Activities such as art, glass painting and card-making are
organised at the hospital. The classes are free and all materials
are provided. Look out for posters advertising these or look in the
information folder on the ward.
There is a pleasant conservatory leading to the garden just off
the glass corridor. You can use it any time, and you are welcome to
take your visitors there as well.