Enquiry visit to Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre

In May 2015, Healthcare Improvement Scotland was made aware of potential patient safety concerns raised by staff members working at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. When concerns of this nature arise, we have a duty to ensure there is appropriate follow up and investigation undertaken.


We established an enquiry team and on 28 July 2015 we undertook a visit to assess the evidence base for the concerns raised, including the governance arrangements. The purpose of the visit was to establish the validity of the concerns that had been raised and the potential impact on, and implications, for the quality of care for patients. We considered additional contextual information provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. This included information about the planning and reconfiguration of services at the Beatson due to the relocation of services from the Gartnavel General Hospital to the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.  We had further meetings during week commencing 10 August 2015 with key members of staff who were unable to attend the 28 July visit. Healthcare Improvement Scotland also established an assurance group. The Terms of Reference for the enquiry visit and assurance group are provided below. 

Our findings

The following report and appendices present the findings of this enquiry visit. 

We have identified recommendations in this report and we expect NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to develop an action plan to implement the recommendations. It is important that the recommendations are carefully considered and a detailed improvement plan developed, with appropriate timescales, ownership, accountability and measures incorporated.

More information

Read a news article on our enquiry visit to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

Published Date: 7 October 2015