Borders Macmillan Centre’s team are celebrating being one of the first in Scotland to be awarded the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark.
Based in the Borders General Hospital the Macmillan team has been providing practical and emotional support for over seven years, helping hundreds of cancer patients, their families and friends, deal with the emotional impact cancer can have.
The Macmillan Quality Environment Award recognises good practice and high standards in the physical environment of a cancer care building, and has been developed in collaboration with people living with cancer and organisations including the NHS.
Since opening, the purpose built chemotherapy area has facilitated the repatriation of chemotherapy from Edinburgh Cancer Centre, with approximately 95% of patients now receiving their chemotherapy locally. The benefits of this for patients are significant in terms of travel and cost as well as ensuring they have access to all the support services available locally.
Over 700 people in the Borders are diagnosed annually with cancer and the Macmillan information and support office in the centre provides confidential, information and support to everyone ensuring that no one faces cancer alone.
Rachel Johnson, NHS Borders cancer clinical nurse specialist said: “We are very proud to receive this award from Macmillan. There is an increasing need for us to provide treatment and practical and emotional support to patients with cancer, and the environment in which we care for them is very important.
“Feedback from the assessment process for this award has also enabled us to plan future improvement and enhancements to the Borders Macmillan Centre.”
Arthur Banks from Coldstream, had treatment in the centre over six months and said: “Its not enough to say it saves the journey, it’s like a gift from God. It’s a wonderful resource for the community which does wonderful work and is hugely appreciated.”
Jean Maltman, Macmillan development manager said: “Assessors found that staff worked extremely hard to create a welcoming atmosphere and that the staff and volunteers are committed to providing high quality care in a comfortable environment.”