Rochdale Infirmary, part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, has been remodelled so that patients across the region requiring urgent cancer-related surgical procedures are able to receive that treatment, saving lives and supporting the Greater Manchester Cancer Strategy.
Work currently being carried out at Rochdale, which previously focused on non-urgent planned day surgery cases, includes breast, urology, gynaecology, ear, nose and throat and some general surgery procedures.
The first emergency procedures have already been carried out on site, with successful outcomes for a number of patients who have been treated, discharged and are now recovering successfully at home. The move has also enabled the Trust to work with its local private provider Highfield Hospital, by enabling some of its highly skilled staff to be transferred across to Rochdale to work with surgeons undertaking these cancer procedures.
Rochdale Infirmary’s Urgent Care Centre for minor injuries and ailments and its short stay Clinical Assessment Unit has treated a number of Covid positive patients to date, however the remodelling has created a physical separation on the site between these areas and the surgical areas, increasing safety for patients.
Patients who were expecting to receive treatment at a different hospital site within Greater Manchester who are now being moved to Rochdale Infirmary will be contacted directly by their consultant team, with the revised plans being thoroughly explained and the details of how, when and where their care will be delivered communicated clearly.
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has issued guidance for patients receiving cancer treatment across Greater Manchester, which is available here.