26 June 2014
Extensive refurbishment of the Macmillan Day Centre at St John’s Hospital is now complete.
Macmillan have invested over £500,000 in improving this Centre, which now houses a new integrated specialist palliative care service for people living with cancer or any advanced, progressive and incurable illness.
These improvements also include a new reception area that provides a safe environment for staff and is easily accessible by wheelchair users, the creation of three additional consulting rooms and a private space for patients.
With building work now complete, a partnership group comprised of staff from Marie Curie, NHS Lothian and Macmillan Cancer Support are launching these new services on a phased basis alongside existing hospital services.
An official opening for the Centre that will help to provide much needed support for the West Lothian community will take place in late July.
Tom McInnes, Macmillan Development Manager, said: "Macmillan wants to ensure that people in West Lothian affected by cancer or any advanced, progressive and incurable illness receive the best treatment, information and support in the most supportive environment."
Gill Cottrell, Chief Nurse of West Lothian CHCP, welcomed the completion of the new centre:"We're committed to providing the best possible range of palliative care services for people in Lothian who are living with cancer, or other progressive illnesses, and that's why we're working with Macmillan and Marie Curie to create this rounded service. We're delighted that work on our new centre is complete."
Nichola Summers, Marie Curie Divisional General Manager, Scotland added: "The completion of this Macmillan Day Centre is a milestone for the new service, and the most visible sign for West Lothian residents that expanded, specialist palliative care services are just around the corner. Togther with NHS Lothian and Macmillan, we’re looking forward to sharing the plans and to deliver much-needed care for local residents."