Sup­port hub to be cre­ated at Beat­son

The Oban Times - - News -

SCOT­LAND’S biggest can­cer cen­tre, vi­tal for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies across Ar­gyll, is cre­at­ing ‘a world- class sup­port hub’.

Can­cer char­ity Macmil­lan is in­vest­ing £ 2.2 mil­lion to trans­form the en­trance at the Beat­son West of Scot­land Can­cer Cen­tre in Glas­gow to pro­vide range of sup­port ser­vices for peo­ple with can­cer and their fam­i­lies.

The Beat­son of­fers its ser­vices and care to 60 per cent of Scot­land’s pop­u­la­tion and more than 8,000 new pa­tients are seen at the cen­tre ev­ery year. This fig­ure is in­creas­ing steadily as the num­ber of peo­ple be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer con­tin­ues to rise.

It is the sec­ond largest can­cer cen­tre in the UK and will re­main open dur­ing the im­prove­ment works with changes to ac­cess and en­trances, as well as park­ing at the site on the Gart­navel cam­pus.

Among the planned changes are a new ded­i­cated fam­ily area for chil­dren and teenagers vis­it­ing fam­ily mem­bers, a land­scaped gar­den and a re­fur­bished ‘sanc­tu­ary’ area for re­lax­ing in a peace­ful and quiet en­vi­ron­ment. Both the cafe and wait­ing area will also be im­proved, mak­ing them more user-friendly and com­fort­able.

Macmil­lan’s In­for­ma­tion and Sup­port Cen­tre, cur­rently in a small al­cove of the Beat­son, will be ex­panded to an area where pa­tients and car­ers can drop in for emo­tional sup­port or to ask ques­tions about can­cer and its treat­ments in pri­vacy.

In ad­di­tion, an area will be cre­ated for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port’s spe­cial­ist ben­e­fits ad­vice team to help can­cer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies re­ceive the fi­nan­cial sup­port they are en­ti­tled to.

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