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Cancer Care Centre Celebrates 1st Birthday

Newsdate: 4 February 2016Cancer Care Centre Cake

Staff and volunteers came together to celebrate the very first birthday of Wigan Infirmary’s Cancer Care Centre, on Friday 29 January.

Opening to patients in January 2015, the building was made possible by a strong partnership between Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, MacMillan Cancer Support and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust (who manage the building). The purpose of the Centre was to provide local residents with a place where they could undergo chemotherapy, without having to travel to the Christie in Manchester. 

Among those in attendance at the cosy event were staff and volunteers who have made the successful running of the building and its services possible. Together they enjoyed some birthday cake, provided by our excellent catering team, and shared stories of the building’s time in operation.

After the cutting of the cake, there was also a special moment as one chemotherapy patient took part in a ritual that is fast-becoming a tradition at the Centre. Whenever a patient reaches the end of their chemotherapy treatment, they ring a bell near the front desk. The lucky patient was Eileen Holland and the clear delight on her face raised many smiles in the room.
WWL Deputy Chief Executive, Rob Forster, was on hand to say a few words to mark the occasion. He said, “This is a great day to celebrate. The Cancer Care Centre has been open for its first year with over 3000 patients being treated here, with a 100% positive reaction from patients and their families.

“This is a perfect example of us working together with the Christie to provide vital care closer to home for our patients. Huge thanks must go to the dedication and hard work of the staff and volunteers here, who have, together, made this great year possible.”

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