The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is one of the largest NHS specialist cancer treatment facilities in the UK. Patient numbers continue to rise and during 2016/17 we treated over 27,000 patients.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre became a Foundation Trust hospital in 2006 and is one of the largest NHS specialist cancer treatment facilities in the UK. Patient numbers continue to rise and during 2016/17 we treated over 27,000 patients.
Our core ‘business’ is radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments, and we are the only cancer centre in the UK to offer proton therapy for treatment of eye cancers.
The treatment centre has benefited from significant financial investment over recent years and now hosts one of the best-equipped radiotherapy centres in the UK. The facilities include 10 clinical linear accelerators; superficial and orthovoltage X-ray machines; two simulators and two scanners. In addition there are three planning computers, including 3D planning facilities. A dedicated ‘Papillon’ suite houses the UK’s first contact radiotherapy machine for early rectal tumours.
There are three inpatient wards and one chemotherapy day case ward and with the support of the Teenage Cancer Trust we host the region’s Teenage and Young Adult Unit – a dedicated four-bedded facility for 16-24 year olds.
Acute oncology teams from Clatterbridge also operate from seven hospitals across the region to support patients admitted to A&E with cancer related illnesses. The team brings together expertise from oncology, surgery, emergency and general medicine to improve the quality of patient care.
In July 2017 the management of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital’s Haemato-oncology service transferred to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. This service provides inpatient and outpatient care for acute leukaemia; chronic leukaemia; lymphoma; myeloma and bone marrow (stem cell) transplant.
We have a comprehensive network of chemotherapy clinics across the region where our skilled nurses administer complex chemotherapy. This means patients can be treated at their local hospital rather than travelling to Clatterbridge. A fleet of ‘chemo cars’ helps bring our services closer to our patient’s homes with our pioneering Treatment at Home service.
In April 2013 we introduced the ‘Clatterbridge Private Clinic’ - a specialist unit for private patients offering chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.