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Scotland is comprised of 3 Cancer Networks, which includes a total of 5 Cancer Centres. Development of acute oncology initiatives is at different stages throughout the networks,and across the Health Boards within each Network.





Name of network:   Health Boards covered:
  • NHS Lothian
  • NHS Borders
  • NHS Dumfries & Galloway
  • NHS Fife
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Forth Valley
  • NHS Tayside
  • NHS Grampian
  • NHS Orkney
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Shetland
  • NHS Western Isles


  • 24 hour cancer treatment helpline – launched 2013 - Patients who receive systemic anti cancer treatment/radiotherapy are advised to contact the Scottish 24 hour cancer treatment helpline (CTH). This is hosted by NHS24 who triage calls using the United Kingdom Oncology Society (UKONS) tool. As per tool guidance they then use locally agreed referral pathways for patients who require acute assessment. The pathways promote local investigation and management. Each health board have embedded an infrastructure to support CTH activity and share information.


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