Margaret Kerr unit in Melrose admits first patients

Borders General Hospital The new unit is sited next to the Borders General Hospital

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The first patients are being admitted to a palliative care unit in the Borders named after a nurse whose bequest kick-started the project.

The Margaret Kerr Unit was also the subject of a public fundraising drive to raise £1m towards the costs.

The £4.1m facility, sited at the Borders General Hospital, is the first of its kind in the region.

A bust of Ms Kerr, from West Linton, stands in the reception area to mark her contribution to the scheme.

She died in March 2009 but left more than £500,000 in her will to help fund the project.

She stipulated that any project must have the support of the medical and nursing community in the Borders.

A public appeal to raise £1m was launched in September 2011 and reached its target late last year.

The project has been taken forward by NHS Borders in conjunction with a range of charities and other groups.

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