Sally Dynevor hails cancer hospital
Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor has praised the hospital which saved her life during her breast cancer battle - and said she was back to herself once more.
The actress, diagnosed with the illness last year, helped mark the opening of an early clinical trials unit at The Christie Hospital in Manchester.
Sally, who plays Sally Webster in Corrie, said: "I found out I had breast cancer a year ago now, and I came to the Christie to have my chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This hospital means so much to me because it saved my life.
"If you live in Manchester, it's one of those hospitals where you drive past and hope you never have to go in there. But after being here for six months, it's one of the most caring and beautiful places I've ever been. Everyone's so lovely, the treatment is amazing and we're lucky to have this in the north west."
Hospital officials describe the new £35 million unit, which also includes a chemotherapy facility, as the largest in the world.
Sally helped marked the arrival of the first patients at the new unit, and buried a time capsule that will be opened in 2048, the 100th anniversary of the NHS.
The actress battled the illness at the same time as her character, but has now returned to work and says she is "back to being me".
She said: "I was so excited to get that story and was really disappointed I couldn't play it out fully because of my own illness. But that storyline really saved my life because I really wouldn't have ever thought anything like that would happen to me."