A specialist surgical centre at Salford Royal for patients with stomach and gullet cancer is set to become one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Oesophago-gastric (OG) surgical services across Greater Manchester will be delivered by Salford Royal, integrating services from Wythenshawe and the Manchester Royal Infirmary, making it the biggest single OG surgical centre in the UK.
A launch event for the single service was held at Salford Royal on Tuesday 4 December.
The OG cancer single service is part of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership’s devolution plan to achieve the fastest improvements in health and wellbeing, experience and outcomes for the region.
Patients from across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire with OG cancer will still be seen at their local hospital for initial diagnosis and for follow-up outpatient appointments but those who will need operations will undergo highly-specialised surgery at the centre in Salford.
Jonathan Vickers, Consultant Surgeon at Salford Royal and Chairman of the GM oesophago-gastric cancer pathway board, said: “The single surgical site at Salford Royal is an important change which will help deliver improved clinical outcomes for people across Greater Manchester, provide a round the clock specialist OG emergency surgical service for the whole city-region and unparalleled opportunities for clinical research, working in partnership with our colleagues at The Christie.”
OG cancer is currently the fifth most common cause of cancer in the UK affecting around 15,000 people each year, and fourth most common cause of cancer death.