The Margaret Kerr Unit

Scottish Borders

Completed in 2012, the Margaret Unit provides the Scottish Border’s with a dedicated Stroke and Palliative Care Centre.

Although Stroke and Palliative Care services existed within the current Borders General Hospital, patients and families facing a progressive illness often had to travel to Edinburgh or further afield to find treatment.

This palliative care project was kick-started by a £500,000 donation left to Borders General Hospital by former nurse, Margaret Kerr. The remaining funds were raised by a 18-month fund raising campaign alongside financial backing from Macmillan Cancer Support and The Robertson Trust.

The Margaret Kerr Unit upgrades existing facilities within the hospital and provides additional accommodation in a purpose built extension including several large sun lounges, staff areas, and a 12 bed stroke and 8 bed palliative care wards. There is also a dedicated entrance for patients, visitors and staff.

Accessibility was a key consideration throughout the development of this project. The new unit is designed to be universally accessible and adopts a single storey design and zoning of patient and staff areas ensuring clear navigation. Access from each bedroom to the surrounding gardens offers patients more freedom and encourages exercise in the open air.