Work is set to begin to create a £2.2m world-class support hub at Scotland’s biggest cancer centre.
Macmillan Cancer Support isinvesting the money to transform the entrance of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.
The work, due to begin on April 24, will see the front entrance extended and extensively refurbished over around nine months.
The new space will host a range of support services for people with cancer and their families including a much larger Macmillan Information and Support Centre, a children’s and teenagers area and a landscaped garden.
It will also use natural light, art and interior design to create a relaxed and comfortable space.
Gary Jenkins, Director of Regional Services, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, said: “We are seeing a rise in the number of people we treat year on year which means more patients, families and friends through the door each year.
“We know that worrying about financial and other issues when fighting cancer can only be detrimental when patients are focusing on their treatment, and health and wellbeing.
“Macmillan has worked with Beatson staff and local charitable partners to ensure this investment will further enhance existing support services to match the excellent clinical care already provided on-site at the Beatson.”
Macmillan Cancer Support's Head of Services in Scotland, Janice Preston, said “The Beatson is regarded as one of the best places in the UK to receive cancer treatment.
“This much-needed improvement work will ensure the level of care and support meets that high standard from the moment a cancer patient, relative or friend walks through the entrance.
“People with cancer and their families and friends must be able to access the right support to help them cope. Right now not everyone receives this and we want to ensure we can create a world-class support hub at the Beatson to complement the already world-class treatment and staff.”
The Beatson offers its services and care to 60% of Scotland’s population and more than 8000 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.
Macmillan Cancer Support will use the £2.2m to extend and refurbish the front entrance of the Beatson creating a larger, brighter and more comfortable area that both acts as a support hub and provides space for patients and families to spend time together.
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.
The Beatson 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.