The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre is the lead centre for the delivery of non-surgical cancer care for the West of Scotland.
It serves a population of 2.8m, and has clinical links with 16 hospitals in five surrounding 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 over 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 WoSCC incorporates the academic units of Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Translational Research and Palliative Care.
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The Healthcare Chaplain for The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre can be contacted on 0141 211 3026.
The Chaplain’s office is in Gartnavel General Hospital, adjacent to the Beatson.
The Sanctuary, on the 1st Floor of the Beatson, near the main entrance, is open at all times and is available to patients, visitors and staff as a place of quiet reflection and prayer. Prayer mats and books of the major faiths are available alongside other resources.
The Chaplaincy Service delivers spiritual and religious care to all people. Spiritual care addresses the fundamental human need to have a sense of peace, security and hope particularly in the context of injury, illness or loss. Healthcare Chaplains do this by being attentive to the patient’s story, looking for sources of strength and resilience, valuing the person and what is most important to them. Religious care can be a crucial aspect of this. Healthcare Chaplains work with other NHS staff to ensure that these needs are met and, where appropriate, in partnership with local faith and belief groups.
We regard Spiritual Care as an intrinsic part of the holistic care provided to patients, and to those who care for them. To this end our Chaplaincy Service provides or facilitates spiritual and religious care for patients, clients, carers and staff.
What do chaplains do?
Local faith community leaders have an important role to play in ensuring that patients who belong to their community have their particular religious needs met. A leaflet giving information and guidance for faith and belief community leaders on visiting hospitals is available here.
For general enquiries about Healthcare Chaplaincy in NHSGGC you may contact the Head of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care tel: 0141 452 3220 or email us at [email protected]
If you are contacting the Chaplaincy Service about a patient in one of our hospitals, please ensure, if possible, that the patient is aware of this and has agreed to it.
An NHS Healthcare Chaplain is always on-call and ward staff can arrange for them to be paged. A Roman Catholic Priest is also available at all times.General Tel: 0141 211 3026