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the beatson is such a positive, uplifting place that it helped my outlook and in turn helped with my recovery.

A cancer diagnosis is a traumatic and life changing event, not just for the patient, but also for their family. 

Patient and Family Support  is provided by Beatson  Cancer Charity and  comprises a comprehensive  range of wellbeing and  specialist services including  complementary therapies,  specialist health and work  support and specialist activities  delivered by charity staff and  volunteers through the unique  and award-winning Wellbeing  Centre and throughout The  Beatson and at related facilities  where cancer patients are  treated including at the Queen  Elizabeth University Hospital,  the New Victoria Hospital and  Lanarkshire Beatson.


The Beatson Cancer Charity  Wellbeing  Centre on Level 4  of The Beatson is open from  0900 until 2100 seven days a  week providing a unique space  where inpatients can relax away  from the clinical environment  and enjoy the stunning views.  Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available  for patients and their families  as well as reading materials and  board games. Wi-Fi  and iPads are also  available as well as a cinema  that can be used to watch  Netflix or satellite television  including major sporting  events. The charity provides a  catering service and  reading  materials for day patients and  out patients attending clinics  throughout the cancer centre  and at many related facilities.  The Wellbeing Centre holds a  stock of basic clothing items  that are available on request for  inpatients when required.  Beatson Cancer Charity staff  and volunteers man the  Welcome Desk in the main  entrance to The Beatson from  0800 until 1800 Monday to  Friday and both signpost and  accompany patients throughout  the cancer centre helping to  relieve some of their anxiety.

complementary therapies

There are three treatment  rooms in the Wellbeing Centre where a range of  Complementary therapies are  on offer primarily to inpatients  but also to family members  and NHS staff including  reflexology, massage, reiki,  relaxation, manicure, pedicure  and holistic facials. A range of  self help breathing, relaxation  and distraction techniques  are available to boost  confidence, self-esteem and  to assist patients with anxiety.  Complementary Therapies are  also available in the inpatient  Wards, the Chemotherapy  Day Unit, the Radiotherapy  Department and at an increasing
number of related facilities  including in enhanced treatment  rooms at Ward 4B in the Queen  Elizabeth University Hospital  and at Lanarkshire Beatson  as well as Clinic P at the New  Victoria Hospital.



A hairdressing salon in the  Wellbeing Centre is open from  9am until 5pm Monday to  Friday and Saturday mornings.  The hairdressers are fully  experienced in dealing with  the very sensitive nature of  hair loss and work very closely  with NHS colleagues to make  sure each patient receives  the best possible treatment.  They cut, style, set, blow dry,  carry out head shaves and  give advice and information  on hair care during treatment.  All of the hairdressers are  trained in Headstrong scarf  tying techniques that they are  happy to pass on to patients.

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wig fitting 

Our wig consultants understand how distressing hair loss due to chemotherapy can be. They are here to provide confidential and impartial advice to help you choose a wig that makes you feel comfortable and confident. We have a wide range of wigs for you to try to allow you to find a style and colour that suits you best. You can choose from a variety of models and colours. Our consultants will take time to explain to you what is likely to happen to your hair during treatment and will answer any questions you may have about your hair.

Appointments are available between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and take place in a private room within the Wellbeing Centre located on the 4th Floor of The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

To book an appointment please call us on 0141 301 7439 and leave a message with your name and number and one of our consultants will call you back.

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Beatson Cancer Charity provides  podiatry treatments for inpatients  in the Wellbeing Centre,  throughout The Beatson and at  related facilities.


The charity provides a range  of activities for inpatients and  their families from supporting  special occasions such as  birthdays, anniversaries and  weddings to organising musical  and sporting based events and  simply encouraging patients to  socialise and take part in gentle  exercise or activity.

specialist health and work service

Specialist staff support and  engage with clients in  continuing their work during  treatment and returning to  work post treatment as well  as supporting healthcare  professionals to assist  them with work related  issues. This is a unique and  innovative service for people  with a cancer diagnosis and  their families/carers who are  experiencing work related  difficulties. It provides access  to specialist staff who are  registered health professionals  with specific experience  in relevant areas including  disability management and the  Equality Act.  The specialist staff are skilled  in negotiation in relation to  employment situations and  advocate on behalf of patient’s  rights and health care needs in  relation to their employment.

For more information on the service click here: PDF icon beatson_shaws_booklet.pdf

holiday caravan

From March to October, Beatson Cancer Charity provides a holiday caravan to any current or former Beatson patients and their families to take some time away and relax. The caravan is situated at the holiday park in Craig Tara, Ayrshire on the stunning Scottish west coast. Our caravan has everything you need to have a lovely experience and is the perfect size for your family and friends to enjoy. 

To book or find out more click here: PDF icon beatson_caravan_brochure.pdf

further support 

There are also  many different ways charities can help you at The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Campus. All of the practical support, therapies, courses and other services we offer here at Scotland’s largest cancer centre are free. And they are all available to help people living with cancer, and their families and friends, cope better with the impact of the disease — before, during and after medical treatment.

For more infomrtion on charity sevices at Gartnavel, click here: PDF icon charity_patient_support_jan18.pdf