Whilst most children, teenagers and young adults will be initially referred to the local hospitals to have a diagnoses made and some treatment given, it is important to understand that all the hospitals and centres in Scotland, treating cancers in children and young people, will function as a single service and many patients will have to move across different hospitals to get complete treatment.
Some centres may offer treatment that can be delivered at a local level but your child’s doctor may also have to refer your child on to other centres that can offer them additional treatment. While local treatment is preferred by all, the service needs to concentrate very specialist treatment in one or two places and duplication across Scotland will not always provide the best care.
The MSN is therefore carefully working out the pathways of care for individual patients with individual conditions so that optimal care can be provided. There are shared care centres in Dundee, Inverness and Dumfries where care is delivered jointly by the clinicians in those centres in conjunction with another centre such as Aberdeen, Glasgow, or Edinburgh. Some services (e.g. bone marrow transplant) will be carried out only in one location (Glasgow). These pathways of care are designed to give access to the best, safest and most rapid treatment for all children teenagers and young people with cancer in Scotland.
Please find a list of the main treatment centres below:
Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH), Foresterhill Rd, Aberdeen AB25 2ZL.
Tel: 0845 456 6000 NHS Grampian Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill Rd, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN.
Tel: 0845 456 6000 NHS Grampian Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4AP
Telephone: 01387 246246 NHS Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary
Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children, 9 Sciennes Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1LF
Tel: 0131 536 0000 NHS Lothian Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Glasgow Royal Hospital for Children, 1345 Govan Road, Govan, Glasgow, G51 4TF Tel: 0141 201 0000 NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Royal Hospital for Sick Children
The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre,1053 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0YN
Tel: 0141 301 7308 The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre
Raigmore Hospital, Old Perth Rd, Inverness, IV2 3UJ
Tel: 01463 704000 NHS Highland Raigmore Hospital
Ninewells Hospital, Ninewells Drive, Dundee, Dundee DD1 9SY
Tel: 01382 660111 NHS Tayside Ninewells Hospital