Patients and visitors

The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (BWoSCC) provides all radiotherapy services and much of the chemotherapy, for patients with cancer in the west of Scotland. We offer our service and care to 60% of Scotland’s population – 2.5 million people.

The Beatson is a leader in many areas of cancer research and treatment. Attracting leading cancer professionals from around the world and with the latest cutting-edge equipment, we can provide the very best care available for our patients.

As Scotland's largest cancer centre, we see more than 8,500 new patients every year and over 60,000 return patients.

Our Facilities

There are several facilities available for patients and visitors attending the hospital.

Welcome desk

The Welcome Desk is located in the Main Foyer on Level 1. The staff can assist patients and visitors with general and wayfinding information.

The desk is normally open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, but is currently open until 4pm.

Tel: 0141 301 7100


The nearest ATM Cash Machine is located within the main entrance of Gartnavel General Hospital, next to the Beatson.

Dining and coffee bars

The Courtyard Café – Aroma Café

Open Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm

The coffee bar is at the front entrance of the Cancer Centre within the main foyer of the Beatson. The Café provides daily newspapers, sandwiches, rolls, paninis, snacks, fresh fruit, soup, teas and freshly ground coffee. 

Beatson Cafè

Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 3pm

Located within the Tom Wheldon building, the Beatson Cafè provides a relaxed and comforting area for patients, families, friends and staff to unwind with high quality refreshments. The Cafè serves a wide range of hot and cold drinks, soups, baked potatoes, rolls, paninis and sandwiches snacks and cakes. It also has a range of ice cream and frozen yoghurt.

We are now open for sit in customers for patients, families and staff’ (Track and Trace procedures in place).

Dining Hall

Open Monday to Friday, 7am - 7pm

The dining hall is located within Garnavel General Hospital and is available for hot meals, cakes, snacks and hot and cold drinks. To get there, from the front of the Beatson, walk up the slight incline towards the rear of the Gartnavel tower block. Turn right before the mini roundabout at the top of the road and then follow the footpath down the side of the tower block where the entrance is situated on your left.

WRVS Snack Bar

Located just inside the front entrance of Gartnavel General Hospital.

Coffee Bar

Takeaway coffee and snack bar, located near the front entrance of Gartnavel General Hospital.

Aroma Café

Located at Gartnavel General Hospital on the upper ground floor within the Dining Hall.

NOTE: All the above areas are accessible to wheelchairs. Help can be provided by staff if required.


Open: Monday to Friday, 8.45am - 5.00pm

Location: Level 1

Patient services include:

  • Dispensing patient prescriptions
  • Dispensing oral chemotherapy
  • Offering advice regarding medication, eg, how to take and store them, common side effects to look out for.
Free patient and visitor wifi

Free wifi is available throughout the Beatson.

To login:

  1. Choose Patient_WiFi as your wireless network and enter password nhspatient
  2. Open your browser, then tick the box to agree to terms and conditions
  3. Click the sign-in button.
Parking and transport


Car Parking is restricted within the Gartnavel Campus, however, there are ‘drop off’ points outside all entrances and designated visitor parking areas.

Please avoid parking on disabled spaces, unless you hold a valid badge, and yellow lines. Please do not park in ambulance car parks or areas marked for ambulance use.

Public Transport

For information on public transport, go to the Find us page.

The Sanctuary

Located on Level 1 of the hospital in the main foyer area, the Sanctuary offers a place to pray, reflect, meditate, think and relax. It is available to all patients, families, carers, staff and volunteers. Further information on the full range of services provided can be found here.


WH Smiths

Open - Monday - Thursday 730am - 7pm
Open - Friday - 8am to 7pm
Open - Saturday & Sunday - 10am to 5pm

Located at the front entrance on the ground floor of Gartnavel General Hospital. Selling Daily newspapers , magazines, sweets , chocolates ,  toiletries, sandwiches,  crisps etc

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