Tameside Macmillan Unit

The new Tameside Macmillan Unit at Tameside General Hospital was opened in February 2017. This state-of-the-art cancer unit provides outpatient cancer, chemotherapy, and haematology services as well as an Information and Support Centre and other non-clinical facilities all under one roof.

Previously, cancer care and treatment were given in several different locations across the hospital site, while some patients requiring intravenous chemotherapy faced a round trip of up to 40 miles for their treatment at hospitals in Greater Manchester.

The new facility provides a chemotherapy suite, with six chairs, and a private room for acute chemotherapy. It also houses a specialist Macmillan Information and Support Service, which offers cancer information, emotional support, benefits advice and also signposts patients to other local services, such as support groups. The new unit provides a palliative care consulting room, complementary therapy room, prosthesis and wig-fitting areas, and is a central hub for cancer services in the Tameside and Glossop area.

Since the unit opened the team have had contact with over 11,000 people affected by cancer. They have also helped claim over £500,000 in benefits and grants.

A new website has been launched to ensure people in Tameside and Glossop can find and access support and information.

Awards and accreditations

  • Macmillan Quality Environment Mark
  • Christie Quality Environment Mark
  • Macmillan Quality in Information and Support Services
  • Health Service Journal 2020 finalist - cancer care innovation of the year.