New cancer support hub unveiled

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Macmillan invested £2.2 million in the new service, which will improve support for cancer patients and their families

19th July 2018 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A brand new support hub at Scotland’s biggest cancer centre has been officially opened this week.

Macmillan Cancer Support has invested £2.2 million to transform the entrance of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre to provide a range of services for people affected by cancer.

The programme of works took around nine months to complete and the new space provides a larger, brighter and more comfortable area that acts both as a support hub and relaxing space for families.

The hub also includes an expanded Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre where patients and carers can drop in for emotional support or to ask questions about cancer and its treatments in a more comfortable and private area.

The charity’s benefits advice team will also be based in the new facility to help cancer patients and their families claim the money they are entitled to. This is vitally important as Macmillan evidence has found 80% of cancer patients in Scotland are, on average, £420 a month worse off after diagnosis – and previously the team struggles to find private space to talk to people about their finances.

Macmillan chief executive Lynda Thomas said: “The Beatson is regarded as one of the best places in the UK to receive cancer treatment. This new Macmillan Support Hub will ensure the level of 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. This new support hub will make it easier for people to get the support they need in a comfortable and welcoming environment.”

John Brown, chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “The Beatson is a world-class centre of excellence which continues to be at the forefront of treating cancer patients across the country.

“This new front entrance means that our patients and their families will now have access to support services which match the levels of care they receive from our dedicated staff.”