Double celebration for charity

Off the Beatson Track
Off the Beatson Track

One of Scotland’s leading cancer charities is celebrating raising over £6.5 million as it marks its second year anniversary.

The Beatson Cancer Charity has raised the remarkable figure just two years after it was launched, smashing an original target of £5.5 million.

This amazing achievement has enabled large investment on a variety of services and projects to support cancer patients and their families, including at Bearsden’s Beatson Institute for Cancer Research.

A ‘Specialist Health and Work Service’ will see clinical staff with extensive experience engage with and support cancer patients to continue to work during treatment and to return to work post treatment - as well as advocating on their behalf when required.

Fully funded by the charity and in partnership with the NHS, the service provides levels of support to patients in a way that best suits them, with options of a telephone call and face to face meetings.

Patients are assigned a specialist practitioner who works closely with them throughout their cancer journey.

Beatson Cancer Charity has also committed £500,000 to the Specialist Health and Work Service to ensure that its patients receive the best advice about their working future helping to minimise further stress and anxiety.

Other funding highlights already committed to include £3.5 million for additional specialist staff at The Beatson

This includes 10 clinical nurse specialists for all the main tumour sites, a haematology nurse, a consultant radiographer, a research and development radiographer, a radiographer practice educator, a senior information analyst and librarian.

There’s also funding for service developments and enhanced medical equipment to a planned spend of approximately £1 million, including amongst others, the enhancement of The Lanarkshire Beatson, already at £500K, and the funding of a Weekend Blood Transfusion Clinic and 20 electric beds.

Research projects being funded include a major Radiotherapy Research Project and associated staff resources costing £850K, while £150,000 goes to NHS staff education and training and £3.5 million to patient and family support services.