Friends of the Beatson
The Friends of the Beatson Centre located on the 4th floor of the Beatson building has been designed as a “retreat” for patients and a place of calm which is quite different from the rest of the hospital.
The Friends of the Beatson Centre is an area for in-patients to come for relaxation, good natured chat, activities, and a good cuppa. It has been constructed by and is run by Friends of the Beatson and is independent of the main hospital operation.
The imaginatively designed Centre provides a relaxing and therapeutic environment with complementary non-medical services designed to assist the wellbeing of Beatson patients. As such it is a very special place which has the full support and encouragement of the medical staff at the Beatson.
The centre is open 10.15am to 12.15pm then 1.15pm to 5.00pm and we are open seven days a week. Each day you can come in and read daily papers, meet other patients, or simple sit in a quiet space. We can also offer a range of complementary therapies, hair dressing, podiatry etc. We welcome every visitor and our warm and friendly staff will be happy to help you and make your stay in hospital that little bit easier.
All our services and facilities are totally free of charge.
You may use our centre even if you are linked to an intravenous mobile pump machine.
To contact us you can call: (5)7667 internally or 0141 301 7667 externally.
The Friends of the Beatson Charity raises all funds for the centre and its up keep. The Charity is run by Ian Dickson, Alan Kilpatrick, Elizabeth Kennedy and Gordon Thomson. Tracey Hardie is the Manager of the Friends of the Beatson Centre. As former patients, Ian Dickson and Alan Kilpatrick, with the encouragement of senior medical staff at the Beatson, got together with a number of other former patients and relatives to establish if there was anything they could do “to put something back”. In 1995 they established Friends of the Beatson, which is a company limited by guarantee and a Scottish registered Charity. Its aim is the provision, in parallel with the excellent clinical care given at the Beatson, of practical comfort and support for Beatson patients.
Our website can be found at www.friendsofthebeatson.org and will the site lists the fundraising events and activities which are being organised on behalf of the Friends of the Beatson.
We welcome your support, and the site gives you all the information and resources that you may need if you are considering doing so.
More about Friends of the Beatson
Please click on the following links to view the amenities at the Friends of the Beatson:
- Chillout Areas
We have various beautiful and peaceful areas throughout the centre where you can go to read a book and get peace and quiet. They are light and airy and have fantastic views across the west of Glasgow.
- Music Areas
We have state of the art music equipment that will allow you to listen to music of your choosing while enjoying the daylight and beautiful views across the West of Glasgow. There is no booking system for these facilities, simple come into the centre and we will be glad to help. These facilities are completely free of charge.
Fancy wiling away an afternoon watching you favorite sport or a film? We have all five terrestrial channels, sky and Setanta and can offer a selection of films on DVD for you to watch. There is no booking system, just come along and we will be happy to help you make use of this wonderful facility. Remember there is no charge for any of our facilities.
- Complimentary Therapies
We offer many therapies that work in compliment with the other treatments in-patient will receive during their stay.
Our treatments include Reiki, Hypnotherapy, massage, reflexology, even chiropody. All of these treatments are provided to offer in-patients support during their stay. They can benefit patients by offering relaxation, pain relief, nausea relief, and help with sleeplessness, support with giving up smoking, soothing aches and pains etc.
The therapists are highly trained and fully experienced at working with people undergoing clinical treatments. Remember these treatments are free of charge. We have an appointment system for these therapies; feel free to book an appointment. Sometimes, we can also offer these treatments on the ward.
- Complimentary Soft Drinks Bar
We offer all in-patients a great variety of drinks in the hop that something will tempt you as we know that tastes can change during treatments.
We offer high quality Coffee’s: such as Cappuccino, Espresso, Black/White Regular Coffee, Decaf Cappuccino, Instant Coffee. Tea’s: Various Fruit/Herbal Teas, Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey, Decaf Tea. Cold Drinks: Diet Coke, Regular Coke, Fruit Juice, Filtered Water and for something different we can offer: Bovril, Hot Chocolate (with milk or water) or try one of our popular Fresh Fruit Smoothies.
Again, these are free of charge to in-patients. Please try to remember to inform us of any special dietary requirements, thank you.
There are two computers for in-patient use within the Friends of the Beatson Centre. They are very up to date with fast broadband connection and are linked to colour printers.
Our highly experienced hairdresser is in our salon two days a week offering in-patient’s this valuable service. She is experienced at working with people undergoing clinical treatments and can therefore provide you with hair cuts, washes, blow dry’s as well as specialist help with hair loss, scalp care, wig care and general advice.
This is a very popular service so we have an appointment system, just ask any of our staff and we will be happy to accommodate where we can. This service can sometimes be offered on the ward too. We are happy to be able to offer hairdressing free of charge.
- Multi-Sensory Enviroscape
This room is situated within the Friends of the Beatson Centre and is a wonderful facility to help in-patients truly ‘get away from it all’.
The room can show images of nature on its state of the art technology while soft music plays. It’s an opportunity to be alone and enjoy scenes of nature.
There is no booking system, just come into the centre and we will be happy to help you make use of the room. Remember there is no charge for our facilities.