Cancer wellbeing centre is 'haven when you’re going through treatment'

The Beatson Cancer Charity's hub was forced to close during the pandemic.

Cancer wellbeing centre is ‘haven when you’re going through treatment’ STV News

Beatson Cancer Charity’s wellbeing centre is open once more at the organisation’s West of Scotland facility next to Glasgow’s Gartnavel hospital.

Like many health services, the hub was forced to close during the pandemic.

It offers life-enhancing treatments to people living with cancer.

From hair treatments to reflexology and massages the centre gives patients access to therapies and classes they would normally be able to access out of hospital.

“It definitely highlights all the things you take for granted,” said 67-year-old Brenda Shepherd from Bute who has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

“It’s a marvellous feeling that you’re not being a burden.”

The centre was opened in 2007 and at its busiest can see up to 400 people every week through its doors.

“The centre is a haven when you’re going through treatment or are in for a check up at the Beatson,” said STV’s entertainment reporter, Laura Boyd.

Laura was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2009 and still visits the wellbeing centre when going for check-ups.

“The staff and volunteers couldn’t be nicer and it’s a valuable resource for many from learning about wig fittings and care for your hair, to relaxation classes and more,” she said.

Since March 2020, as many services as possible have been offered online, but there has been no access to close contact treatments until now.

“We’ve been surprised by the feedback we’ve had from our virtual sessions and this is something we will continue,” said Claire Bradley, Beatson’s head of wellbeing.

“Patients who live far away and their family members, as well as those who are maybe feeling too unwell can access from the comfort of their own home.”

Only inpatient services are currently being offered, but there are hopes that outpatient care will resume in the coming weeks.