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Gynaecology Oncology

The Gynaecology Oncology Department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary is the referral centre for the West of Scotland.

Our service offers diagnosis and specialist treatment for all types of gynaecological cancer. Treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Women are cared for by a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of specialists which includes oncological surgeons, clinical and medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, clinical nurse specialists (CNS) and pharmacists.

How will my care be managed?

The team meet once per week to discuss all patients with a suspected or confirmed gynaecological cancer. Decisions regarding further investigations and potential treatment plans are made at this meeting. You will be informed of the recommendations from this meeting by your gynaecology consultant or your clinical nurse specialist.

Your care may be delivered at the following locations:

Hospitals
  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Stobhill Ambulatory Care Hospital (Stobhill ACH)
  • Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.
Outpatient clinics

Outpatient clinics are held in:

  • Stobhill ACH
  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.
Inpatient surgery

Inpatient surgery is based in Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Other treatments

Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and clinical trials are delivered from the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

What if I need surgical treatment?

If you require surgical treatment you will be referred to the Gynaecology Oncology Department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. You will then receive an appointment for a clinic with the Gynaecology Oncology Consultant who will discuss the proposed treatment plan with you. This may be in the form of a face to face clinic appointment, a telephone or video consultation.

Preoperative assessment

You will also receive an appointment for a preoperative assessment (POA) clinic at either Glasgow Royal Infirmary or Stobhill Hospital. This will be a face to face appointment with a trained pre-operative assessment nurse.

They will ask you some questions regarding your general health, past medical history and medication history.

They will check your pulse and blood pressure and take some routine pre surgery blood tests.

Your surgical appointment

You will receive details of the date and time for admission for surgery by letter and or telephone. At the moment all patients who have been referred for surgery are asked to socially isolate for a minimum of 2 weeks before their operation.

A Coronavirus/Covid 19 test will be done prior to surgery. This is usually a swab from the nose and throat. You will need to attend the ward for this in the days prior to your surgery.

We will only proceed with your cancer operation if the Covid test is negative. All of these steps are taken to reduce your risk of exposure to coronavirus and reduce your risk of developing Covid 19.

What if I need chemotherapy or radiotherapy?

If you require chemotherapy or radiotherapy you will receive this treatment at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. The department is actively involved in research and clinical trials. The clinical trials unit is also based at the Beatson.

Our staff

We have a dedicated team made up of consultants, advanced nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and support staff.

The gynaecology oncology consultants based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary are:

  • Dr Kevin Burton
  • Dr Rhona Lindsay
  • Dr Nadeem Siddiqui.

 The Gynaecology Oncology Nurse Specialists are:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Lesley Kelly:  0141 201 3356
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Margaret McClay:  0141 201 3357
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Rae Roan: 0141 314 6827.

Contact us

If you require support then you can contact your local Clinical Nurse Specialist or those based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

Additional support

You may find the following websites helpful:

The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre

Macmillan Cancer Support

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

Target Ovarian Cancer

Ovacome Ovarian Cancer

The Eve Appeal

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists