Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, was given a tour of cancer support services at the Macmillan Unit at Tameside General Hospital on Wednesday 23 January 2019.
Mr Burnham met staff and patients at the £2 million unit and later had discussions with Tanya Humphreys, Macmillan Cancer Support Head of Services North West England, and Karen James, CEO of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Tanya Humphreys, Macmillan Cancer Support’s Head of Services in the North West, said: “It was great to be able to demonstrate to Andy Burnham the type of investment and support and care that Macmillan offers throughout Greater Manchester. Through our work with the city region’s patients and carers, health and care providers, and professionals, we have a huge amount of expertise in cancer and understanding of what people want from cancer services, as well as the wider health system.”
Karen James, CEO of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We would like to thank Andy Burnham for visiting the Trust. The most recent upgrade to the Macmillan Unit ensures the outpatients` department environment has the same high levels of excellence as the rest of the unit. The focus of the Macmillan unit is about the patient experience and to encourage the creation of a calming, reassuring and comfortable environment aimed at putting patients at ease when they are most apprehensive and vulnerable.”
The Macmillan Unit at Tameside opened in summer 2017 and includes a chemotherapy suite, patient lounge, relaxation garden and a Macmillan Information and Support Centre.