1. ITV Report

Council backs new cancer centre in Cheshire

Photo: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Plans for a new cancer centre in Cheshire have received council backing.

Permission has been given for The Christie at Macclesfield to be built in the grounds of the town's District General Hospital.

The aim is to provide care closer to home for more than 1,500 patients a year.

Patients from Cheshire, North Staffordshire and the High Peak area of Derbyshire will all benefit.

The ambitious new centre will bring together essential cancer services into one purpose-built unit delivering local specialist access to radiotherapy, chemotherapy, holistic support and information services, outpatient care, palliative care and a wider range of clinical trials than at present.

“This is a big step forward for the project and is very welcome news for anyone from the area who will be touched by cancer in the future.

“We have already heard from hundreds of people who have experienced cancer how much difference the new centre will make.

"Whilst patients and families are prepared to travel to The Christie in Withington for specialist services, we know that most would prefer to have those services locally where possible.

"The Christie at Macclesfield will provide the highest standard of cancer care for patients.”

– Dr Andrew Sykes, clinical lead for the new centre

Work is due to begin next year.

The Christie charity is aiming to raise £23m towards the £26m cost of the new centre. The remaining funding is coming from the NHS.