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.

Architects Impression of external view of the extended cancer centre

Architects Impression of external view of the extended cancer centre

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

Borders Macmillan Centre Reception

Borders Macmillan Centre Reception

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
Proposed Extension Works

Proposed Extension Works

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.

Judith Smith - Macmillan Nurse Consultant and Lead Clinician for Cancer

Judith Smith - Macmillan Nurse Consultant and Lead Clinician for Cancer

No two patients are the same and our new treatment area will be flexible to allow patients more privacy depending on how they are feeling and the treatment they are receiving. Not only that but patients can be here anywhere from 45 minutes to up to 8 hours so the extra treatment spaces will allow us to look at the way we schedule appointments in order to improve patient flow and prevent unnecessary delays. With this, as well as an updated and more pleasant environment throughout the centre, we hope to improve the overall experience for our patients.”
“Macmillan is delighted to be a part of this work which will improve the care for people with cancer in the Borders. Macmillan wants to ensure everyone affected by cancer in the Borders receives the best care and in the most supportive environment. The refurbishment of the Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Centre will also help us improve the much needed support offered to patients and their friends and family. Our significant contribution of £400,000 is thanks to the continued support of people locally who work so hard to raise funds. We simply couldn’t do it without them and we are extremely grateful.”
— Janice Preston, Macmillan’s Head of Services in Scotland