Following the news of the Christie appeal to fund a new cancer unit in Macclesfield East Cheshire Hospice has released the following statement:
“Following the recent announcement that The Christie is opening a Cancer Centre at Macclesfield Hospital, we have had a number of queries about how this is likely to affect East Cheshire Hospice.
The first thing to say is that we are delighted that cancer patients will now be able to access specialist treatment locally. This will have a really positive impact on patient care, which is always our number one priority.
We already receive a number of referrals from the Christie for cancer patients who now need specialist palliative care and support, and many of the patients suffering from cancer who we care for have already received Christie treatment. We expect these referrals to continue and for the process to be even more seamless once the Cancer Centre is open nearby.
Of course, it is worth remembering that 1 in 4 of deaths are caused by cancer. East Cheshire Hospice is here for everyone who is facing the end of their lives, as we treat any and all life limiting illnesses, including dementia, heart disease, motor neurone disease, lung problems and much much more. We will continue to provide our exceptional care, support and compassion for patients, families and loved ones who are coping with the impact of any terminal illness.
Finally, I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to all of our supporters, without whom the Hospice simply would not exist. Less than 17% of our funding comes from the NHS and we rely completely on the generosity of our local community and of people just like you. So on behalf of all our patients, families and loved ones, thank you for your ongoing support.”
Best Wishes – Kanya