"My daughter had to go into the Beatson Unit for a Radioactive tablet."

About: Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre Southern General Hospital / General Surgery

(as a parent/guardian),

My daughter got her Thyroid out in December and her doctor want to make sure it was all away so she had to get a Radioactive tablet. Had to swallow the tablet and stay in for 2 days. It was good but she was a bit lonely

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Response from Lorna Gray, Patient Experience, Public Involvement Project Manager, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Dear Fony,

Thank you for taking the time to write about your daughter’s recent hospital experience and I am glad that this has gone well for her. It is positive to hear that her short stay was good, but I can appreciate how a stay in hospital can be lonely for some patients. The Beatson Cancer Centre has a mix of single, 2 bed and 4 bed rooms, so some patients may be in their own room for their stay; this can be related to the form of treatment that they are receiving. For example, some patients who receive specific forms of radiotherapy are required to remain in isolation for a defined period of time until the levels of radioactivity have reduced.

The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre does however have facilities to help reduce feelings of isolation, including the Friends of the Beatson Centre, which offers a relaxing environment out with the wards. This Centre provides the opportunity to meet and chat with other patients, as well as many facilities designed to help pass the time while in hospital and we know this is an extremely valuable resource, particularly for patients who are in our care for a long time. Unfortunately your daughter's treatment meant that she had to stay in isolation but we do try to support both patients and their families through what we know is a difficult time.

I would like to thank you again for getting in touch and wish your daughter all the best with her future treatment and recovery.

Yours Sincerely,

Valerie Miller,

Lead Nurse,Regional Services

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