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Transforming Cancer Care in Cheshire and Merseyside

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre has been continuing with plans to develop a new Centre next to the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the University of Liverpool, which will be the single biggest step towards developing first class cancer services for the region.
The new centre in Liverpool will mean that for the first time Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer patients will have access to inpatient oncology, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, cancer surgery, critical care, outpatient services and research all on one site.


Getting your feedback

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre needs to get the views of patients, families and the wider public if we are to develop services that fully meet your needs.

To learn what you think about the proposals they used a variety of different ways to give people the opportunity to share their views.

From August 2012 to March 2013 members of the public either attended one of 38, three day roadshow events, completed an online survey or visited our customised ‘Action on Cancer’ trailer which they took to busy shopping centres across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Voting boxes were also placed in hospitals and a variety of community venues, cancer support groups and charities across both regions.

Staff spoke to members of the public about the proposals, distributed information leaflets and showed a short DVD before asking people:

‘Having heard about the proposals do you think they are a good idea?’

Eighty two per cent of people spoken to across Cheshire and Merseyside said that after finding out about the plans to develop a cancer centre based in Liverpool, they thought it was a good idea.

Although people were generally extremely supportive of the proposals there were some concerns raised. The themes identified were:

  • Travel
  • Accessibility
  • Cost
  • Good Current Services
  • Ill health
  • Loss of Services

You can read more about the feedback received in this feedback leaflet and more detailed information can be found in the analysis document and feedback report.

What happens next?

From the end of January 2014 The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre will be holding a series of open sessions across the region at local cancer support groups and community venues.

During these events they will feedback on what people have told them they think about the plans, answer any queries about the proposals and let you know next steps and how you can get involved.

To find out details of your nearest session please contact Julie Curren on: 0151 296 7068 / 07500 857553 or email julie.curren@cmcsu.nhs.uk

The Trust then plan to launch a formal twelve week consultation period in the summer of 2014 which will enable them to explore the main themes identified during the roadshows in more detail.

All that feedback will then be used as they develop an Outline Business Case which will be a more detailed proposal for the centre due to be submitted for approval in the Autumn of 2014.

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