Border Macmillan Centre:
Extension & Refurbishment Project
The nurse-led team based within Borders Macmillan Centre provide excellent care but there are a number of challenges facing cancer treatment that have caused them to look at how changing the ward environment could help them deliver that care, while also enhancing the overall experience for cancer patients in the Scottish Borders.
About Borders Macmillan Centre
Borders Macmillan Centre, opened in 2003 and provides a focus for specialist cancer services in the Scottish Borders. It hosts the Cancer Information and Support Service (CISS), Macmillan Welfare Benefits Team, Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists and the ambulatory care day case area for delivery of Systemic Anti Cancer Therapy (SACT) and associated treatments. Space within the centre is also used by a variety of visiting clinicians and teams involved in cancer care on a regular and adhoc basis
Why do we need this?
- Increased demand: SACT treatments alone have increased 35% since 2014 and are expected to continue to increase at a rate of 8% per annum.
- Treatments are becoming more complex and can take longer to deliver
- Some treatments are delivered in a different way so require more discreet treatment space
how will this work help?
- It will provide extra treatment chairs and more flexible space for discreet treatments
- It will include a private area for the safe checking and preparation of complex chemotherapy drugs
- It will improve patient flow and preventing unnecessary patient delays
- It will enhance the overall environment throughout the centre.
Making it happen...
NHS Borders Cancer team have been working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to develop these plans to ensure they will meed the identified needs of the service while also keeping patients at the heart of this project.
It will cost in the region of £830,000 to realise these plans and Macmillan Cancer Support have kindly contributed half of the money required, the other half will come from The Difference.
Thanks to the generous support in the past, the existing endowment fund for the cancer centre is able to make a significant contribution towards this total but the remainder will be raised by way of a public fundraising appeal.