19 February 2016
Mayor of Tameside, Vincent Ricci; local MP, Andrew Gwynne and Chief Executive of Tameside Hospital, Karen James join Macmillan colleagues, local dignitaries and patient representatives to officially launch the Tameside Macmlllan Unit fundraising appeal
Macmillan Cancer Support has launched a £2 million fundraising appeal to help build a brand new state-of-the-art cancer unit at Tameside Hospital.
The ‘Tameside Macmillan Unit’ is a joint venture between Macmillan Cancer Support and Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to bring vital cancer treatment, care and support together for the first time in one purpose-built facility.
This exciting new centre, which is due to open in Autumn 2016, will provide outpatient cancer, chemotherapy and haematology services, as well as a new information and support centre, and other non-clinical facilities, under one roof.
Tameside Hospital has committed £100,000 to the project, and Macmillan has launched a fundraising appeal for the remaining £1.9 million needed.
Julie Atkin-Ward, Senior Macmillan Development Manager, said: “This will be a vital new facility for the people of Tameside and Glossop. Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the toughest things that anyone has to face and the Tameside Macmillan Unit will give local people the very best in treatment and support.”
Currently, cancer care and treatment is provided in several different locations across the Tameside Hospital site, and at specialist hospitals in Greater Manchester. This means many patients, and their carers, have to travel to more than one hospital site for their treatment.
However, the new Tameside Macmillan Unit will change all that and provide a chemotherapy suite, with six chairs, and a private room for acute chemotherapy. For the first time there will also be a specialist Macmillan Information and Support Service, which will offer cancer information, emotional support, benefits advice and also signpost patients to other local services, such as support groups.
The new unit will also provide a palliative care consulting room, complementary therapy room, prosthesis and wig-fitting areas, and will become a central hub for cancer services in the Tameside and Glossop area.
Karen James, Chief Executive of Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, added: “By working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support we can create a really special cancer unit that will absolutely enhance the fantastic work our cancer teams do, whilst at the same time massively improve the experience for people affected by cancer.”
For further information about the new unit, how to make a donation or support the appeal, go to: