The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre


The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s leading cancer centres providing highly specialist cancer care to a population of 2.3m people across Cheshire, Merseyside and the surrounding areas including the Isle of Man.

We are based in Wirral, Merseyside supported by a £17m radiotherapy treatment centre in Aintree, Liverpool. We also operate specialist chemotherapy clinics in seven of Merseyside’s district hospitals and deliver a pioneering Treatment at Home service.

Together, this enables us to provide a comprehensive range of inpatient care, advanced radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other systemic anti-cancer therapies (i.e. medicines) including gene therapies and immunotherapies. We are also the only facility in the UK providing low-energy proton beam therapy to treat rare eye cancers and host the region’s Teenage and Young Adult Unit, (supported by the Teenage Cancer Trust).

We are based in Wirral, Merseyside supported by a £17m radiotherapy treatment centre in Aintree, Liverpool

What we do

We are a tertiary cancer centre which means we see patients who have already been diagnosed and referred to us by other hospitals. We provide non-surgical cancer care e.g. chemotherapy and radiotherapy for solid tumours and blood cancers.

Our services include:

  • Academic oncology – professors and senior clinical lecturers appointed jointly with the University of Liverpool
  • Acute oncology – specialist cancer support in A&E and acute care in other hospitals
  • Chemotherapy and other systemic anti-cancer treatments (SACT). These are drug treatments for cancer and include gene therapies, immunotherapies and other molecular agents
  • Haemato-oncology – 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
  • Eye proton therapy – we have the UK’s only low-energy proton beam therapy facility for treating rare eye tumours
  • Imaging and pre-treatment radiotherapy (diagnostic imaging / treatment planning) – we have PET-CT, CT, MRI, x-ray facilities and treatment planning
  • Inpatient wards – we have 73 inpatient beds across our three wards on our Wirral site
  • Pharmacy – we manufacture all the chemotherapy doses for solid tumour cancers in Cheshire & Merseyside
  • Physics – our physicists provide essential scientific support for radiotherapy treatment
  • Radiotherapy – we have 10 linear accelerators (radiotherapy treatment machines). Six at the Wirral site; three at the Aintree site; one in the Clatterbridge Private Clinic
  • Research & development – we carry out leading-edge clinical trials of new cancer treatments. Our BioBank of donated tissue provides a valuable resource for cancer researchers
  • Supportive care – including physiotherapy, psychological support, palliative care, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, cancer information, financial / benefits advice, and survivorship / living with and beyond cancer
  • Triage & assessment – we provide rapid-access assessment clinics and 24-hour phone support for patients who need urgent advice or care while having cancer treatment

    Our plans for Transforming Cancer Care
  • We are expanding and improving cancer care even further with the development of a new 11-floor specialist cancer hospital in the heart of Liverpool. The new cancer hospital is due to open in 2020 and will provide highly-specialist cancer care for people with blood cancers and solid tumours. Although the Liverpool hospital will become our main base, we will also continue providing services at our current site in Wirral and our satellite radiotherapy centre on the Aintree site.

    Being located in central Liverpool alongside the University of Liverpool and Royal Liverpool University Hospital will significantly improve care for people with cancer:

  • Our main base will be closer to the majority of the population we serve, which stretches from Southport down to Wirral and across to Widnes / Warrington. People who live closer to Wirral / Aintree will still be able to access care locally as we’re keeping our current sites
  • Unlike now, we will be co-located with a major acute teaching hospital providing rapid access to intensive care and other key medical and surgical specialties when patients need them. At the moment these patients have to be transferred by emergency ambulance to other hospitals
  • We will be at the heart of a thriving research and healthcare campus with the University of Liverpool, NHS and other key research partners, enabling even more ground breaking cancer research and clinical trials

    You can find out more about the new building here.