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In this section you can find the answers to our frequently asked questions on parking at The Christie, and information on how recent developments have affected parking facilities.
During the construction and improvement of facilities at The Christie, we have had to make changes to some of our car parking arrangements for patients, patient visitors and staff.
Patients and patient visitors can park in the multi-storey car park C on Palatine Road and in car park D on Wilmslow Road.
Car park B on Oak Road is now closed to patients.
A map of patient parking is available on the 'Travelling and car parking for patients and patients’ visitors to The Christie' patient leaflet.
Patient accessibility (blue badge holders) spaces are available in multi-storey car park C on Palatine Road and in car park D on Wilmslow Road.
Staff members that hold a permit can park in any of the staff car parks.
A park & ride pilot is also available for staff members and permits are currently available. Email CarParking&Travel@christie.nhs.uk to express an interest.
Construction work has commenced to build one of only two Proton Beam Therapy Centres in the UK.
To support the Proton Beam Therapy Centre the Trust is required to build a new electrical substation which will be located at the Palatine Road end of car park B.
Following completion of the Proton Beam Therapy Centre in 2018, a small number of blue badge accessibility spaces will be available for patients.
As part of the construction works, measures have been taken to make Oak Road safer for both pedestrians and road users. This includes making the road one way, in conjunction and consultation with Manchester City Council Highways.
There is a drop-off facility for all patients directly outside our Oak Road entrances and the entrance on Wilmslow Road. Coin operated wheelchairs are available from the drop off points.
The drop-off facility on Oak Road is now located in the area where blue badge parking used to be. Drivers are respectfully asked not to park in this area.
The drop off facilities will be maintained throughout the duration of construction works for the Proton Beam Therapy Centre and Integrated Procedures Unit.
The Christie Clinic car parking has been relocated to car park A off Cotton Lane.
These spaces will be available for blue badge holding patients until construction on the Integrated Procedures Unit begins at the main entrance of the hospital.
Manchester City Council has introduced local parking restrictions which apply from 8am to 6pm. A map of the restrictions zone is available via the link below.
The Christie intends is to keep patient and staff car park numbers constant as work starts on the building projects throughout 2015.
The Trust has introduced a park and ride scheme for staff in 2015. We provide a ‘cycle to work’ scheme and we have improved our shower block facilities to support this. A ‘car share’ scheme and public transport discount are also available.
We also have further plans to maximise the use of our existing car parking space on the Withington site.
The Proton Beam Therapy Centre will house a specialist form of radiotherapy that targets certain cancers very precisely, increasing success rates and reducing side-effects. It targets tumours with less damage to surrounding healthy tissue and is particularly appropriate for certain cancers in children who are at risk of lasting damage to organs that are still growing. Currently the NHS has to send children and adults needing proton beam therapy to the United States and Switzerland.
The Government has now pledged £250m to build two new proton beam therapy centres in the UK. The Christie has been chosen as one of the sites, the other is University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Christie Proton Beam Therapy Centre is due to open in 2018 and will treat up to 750 patients a year at full capacity, helping thousands of cancer patients to increase their chances of survival.
The Integrated Procedures Units will be new accommodation that brings together the services that our day-patients need. Every aspect of their treatment will happen in one place, reducing waiting times, speeding up treatment sessions, eliminating transfers between departments and minimising the need for overnight stays.
The Christie has ambitious plans to improve patient care and treatment, both of these projects will help us do that.