The specialist surgical centre will care for patients with stomach and gullet cancer, becoming one of the biggest centres of its kind in Europe.

With integrated services from Wythenshawe and the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oesophago-gastric (OG) surgical services will take place at Salford Royal making it the largest single oesophago-gastric surgical centre in the UK.

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.”

Patients with oesophago-gastric cancer from across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire will undergo specialised surgery at the centre in Salford if they have been referred for operation after visiting their local hospital for initial diagnosis and follow-up outpatient appointments.

The oesophago-gastric cancer single service comes under the devolution plan formed by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership which aims to achieve fast improvements in health and well-being for the 2.8 million people of Greater Manchester.

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said:

“We’re delighted that this new specialist surgical centre has launched at Salford Royal, it’s part of the wider devolution plan to provide more joined up care across the region and to improve access to treatment for those who need highly specialised OG surgery.”

The devolution plan has meant that the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has taken charge of the £6 billion spent on improving health and social care in the ten boroughs within the region, with the new oesophago-gastric cancer surgical centre in Salford being a direct result of this.

All patients that receive treatment for oesophago-gastric cancer will have a dedicated worker from the surgical centre during their stay. After surgeries are complete the patient will receive support from their local hospital, and will be assigned follow-up appointments by the local clinical nurse specialist.

Find out more about the new oesophago-gastric cancer surgical centre at Salford Royal here.

For anyone affected by the issues in this article, advice and support is available via Cancer research UK

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