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123The Beatson - West of Scotland Cancer CareNHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Cancer Care, Research and Treatment

Glasgow is now home to the UK’s most advanced NHS cancer centre. The new Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (BWoSCC) officially opened its doors in February 2008 and delivers an unprecedented level of care to thousands of patients from across the West of Scotland.

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The new £105 million Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre was built in the heart of the city’s West End on the Gartnavel site.

The Beatson, which rivals Europe’s top cancer hospitals in terms of facilities and equipment, provides West of Scotland cancer patients and staff with the most cutting edge equipment, treatments and surroundings to fight cancer.

Completing the world-class package of cancer care, the new Beatson is staffed by some of the most skilled and dedicated healthcare professionals in the country.

Key to the design of the new Beatson is the creation of a calm, relaxing and therapeutic environment for patients to improve their well-being and enhance their recuperation.

Colour, shape, light and furnishings have been central to the plans for the Beatson.  The comfort of patients was considered to be so important to well-being and recovery that a dedicated Art Co-ordinator was commissioned to oversee this crucial design element.

The Beatson's combination of facilities, new technology and calm, relaxing environment make it one of the most innovative and modern cancer care centres in the world.

The new fit-for-purpose Beatson

The new fit-for-purpose Beatson houses all the region’s non-surgical cancer services under the same roof for the very first time.  It replaces existing facilities at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Gartnavel General Hospital.
Just some of the features and facilities offered include:

  • Three floors of bright, spacious and relaxing in-patients wards
  • Eight single rooms with en-suite facilities for those undergoing specialised radiation treatment
  • Internet connection availability for each bed in all of the single, twin or four-bed rooms
  • Six overnight rooms with en-suites for relatives
  • A dedicated specially designed teen cancer ward
  • A specialist bone marrow transplant ward (servicing the region for allogeneic transplants and nationally for volunteer unrelated donor transplants)
  • The North Glasgow haemato-oncology (blood cancers) ward
  • A specialist cancer pharmacy, set up to deliver gene therapy in the future
  • A spacious and attractive day chemotherapy suite
  • Patient gardens and access to outside space via balconies - many people undergoing chemotherapy get very warm so being able to step out onto a balcony while undergoing treatment is a real benefit
  • A clinical trials and research unit
  • A patient and family information zone, with access to computers and the internet
  • A 12-seater cinema
  • A multi-faith quiet reflection/sanctuary room
  • Aromatherapy and massage rooms
  • A hairdresser and beautician
  • Therapy rooms to house Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Physiotherapy and other therapy staff
  • A café 

The new Beatson has benefited from many facilities and extra features made possible by charitable organisations.

The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre is the lead centre for the delivery of non-surgical cancer care for the West of Scotland.

Serving a population of 2.6m, the centre has clinical links with 16 hospitals in Glasgow and other health board areas.

The Beatson is Scotland’s largest cancer centre and the second largest in the UK.  As a result, the workload is varied: each year, the Beatson team sees more than 8,000 new patients, and more than 20,000 courses of chemotherapy and around 6,500 courses of radiotherapy are administered.

Waiting times for radical treatment are among the lowest in the UK.

An internationally renowned teaching centre, the Beatson incorporates the academic units of Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Translational Research and Palliative Care.


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1. Front view of BWoSCC building
2. Beatson Bust at main entrance
3. Friends of the Beatson relaxation area
4. Toblerone roof garden above Outpatients


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