IT is official – the public fundraising appeal for the new NHS Borders Palliative Care Specialist Inpatient Unit at Borders General Hospital is now up and running.
The appeal to raise the final £1million for the project was launched last week when two 2.7m long bright orange and white running shoes crossed the ‘starting line’ for the Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal – which is also being backed by The Southern Reporter.
The creation of the new unit will be made possible by securing charitable funds to cover the capital costs of £4.5million.
A very significant stimulus for the project came from the £600,000 legacy left by the late Miss Kerr.
In addition, substantial sums have already been secured from a number of partners, charitable trusts and individuals, including the Robertson Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support, the WRVS, the Friends of the Borders General Hospital, Callum’s Trust and The Lavender Touch.
The public appeal has been launched to raise the remaining amount for what will be known as the Margaret Kerr Unit. The new facility will allow NHS Borders’ skilled multi-disciplinary palliative care team to deliver more appropriate and high quality care and support to patients and their families.
The new unit will be created by remodelling and extending one end of an existing ward building, complete with en-suite patient rooms, clinical areas, day rooms and accommodation for relatives.
NHS Borders chairman John Raine commented: “It is an important step forward in the providing local and quality health care that meets the needs of the people of the Borders and will make a huge difference in the lives of patients, and also their families, who will receive care and support from this unit,” he said.
Work on the site is scheduled to begin in Spring 2012, with the opening of the unit conditionally scheduled for the first half of 2013.