New Macmillan Centre

Preliminary work starts on December 14th  to build a state of the art cancer information centre at the Royal Bolton Hospital. This will affect access to the main entrance from January 4th .

Set to open in early 2016, the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, funded by the charity, has been designed with input from people affected by cancer. It will have an information area and access to comfortable and relaxing quiet rooms should visitors want to talk privately. It will also offer all round support from a team of staff in a calm, friendly and welcoming environment.

Macmillan Support Centre Artist's Impression

Pictured is an artist’s impression of the new centre at the Royal Bolton Hospital, courtesy of Glancy Nicholls Architects Ltd.

The centre will have a prime position to the left of the main entrance of the hospital and will provide information and support on all aspects of cancer care, whether people need information on reducing the risk of cancer, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, or adjusting to life after a cancer diagnosis. It is a joint project with Macmillan Cancer Support NHS Bolton CCG, Bolton Hospice, and Bolton People Affected by Cancer.  

A similar centre opened recently in Giles House at Bolton Hospice on Chorley New Road, Bolton, and a third centre is planned for opposite the pharmacy inside Bolton One. Macmillan has also funded three support service staff and one benefits adviser to work across the entire Bolton area. The team is also planning to provide information to GP practices, libraries and other community venues.

Bolton’s Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service Manager, Sue Summerfield said: “We’re very excited about the new centres and believe they will make a real difference to local people affected by cancer. Everyone’s experience of cancer is unique but being given the right information at the right time and being able to access a range of support services or just knowing what to do to help you feel better can make such a difference. This is what the service aims to do.”

The drop off zone under the canopy at the main entrance to the Royal Bolton Hospital will be closed to vehicles during building work from January 4th 2016 for approximately 20 weeks.

The current bus layby at the front of the main entrance will be used for drop-offs. The current Bolton bound bus stop will be closed, however the bus stops outside H block (about 50m away) and C block (about 80m away) will remain operational.

Buses will still stop opposite the main entrance for journeys towards Farnworth.

Pedestrians will be able to access the main entrance from the main road.


The drop in service at Giles House for people who want cancer information or support is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am – 4pm or you can contact the team on 01204 663059.

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