South Scotland

Margaret Kerr unit in Melrose admits first patients

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

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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