Patients and visitors

General information

The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre is the lead centre for the delivery of non-surgical cancer care for the West of Scotland.

Serving a population of 2.6m, the centre has clinical links with 16 hospitals in Glasgow and other 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 around 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 incorporates the academic units of Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Translational Research and Palliative care. 

Our Facilities

There are a number of facilities available for patients and visitors attending the hospital.


Gartnavel General Hospital (GGH) is situated next to the Beatson. The ATM Cash machine & the Shop are both within the main entrance to GGH.

Dining and coffee bars

The Courtyard Café

The coffee bar, within the main foyer of the BWoSCC, is at the front entrance of the Cancer Centre. The Café provides daily newspapers to read while you relax and enjoy the sandwiches, rolls, paninis, snacks, fresh fruit, soup, tea, coffee, herbal tea and freshly ground coffee. There is also a courtyard if, weather permitting, you would like to have your refreshments outside.

Mon – Fri – 8am until 5pm

Beatson Cafè

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 cold and hot drinks, delicious soups and sandwiches, as well as tasty snacks and cakes during the day.

Mon – Fri – 8am until 6pm

Gartnavel General Hospital

Within the General Hospital, there is a dining hall available should you wish to have access to a wider selection of menu. There are various meals provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the front of the BWoSCC you simply 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.

Mon – Fri – 7am until 7pm

There are also a WRVS Snack Bar,  a Coffee Bar and a Shop in the front entrance of Gartnavel General Hospital.

Most of the above facilities have daily specials and are all accessible to wheelchairs.  Help can be provided by staff if required.


The Dispensary dispenses prescriptions written by a prescriber (This could be a doctor or a non medical prescriber eg pharmacist, nurse). The prescription is screened by a pharmacist to ensure that it is the correct medicines and that the dose is appropriate for the patient, all electronic prescriptions and some handwritten prescriptions are screened by the clinical pharmacists in the clinical areas so most prescriptions are screened before reaching the dispensary. Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Support Workers then prepare the labels for each medicine and dispense the quantity requested by the prescriber.  The dispensed medicines and associated labels are then checked by either a pharmacist or Dispensary Checking Technician before being given to the patient.
The dispensary also dispenses oral chemotherapy to patients and dispenses ready made intravenous chemotherapy to clinical areas within the cancer centre and to other day case areas across GGC.

The dispensary offers advice to patients regarding their medication, eg, how to take and store them and common side effects to look out for.

The dispensary offers advice to patients regarding their medication, eg, how to take, store and side effects.

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