South Scotland

Margaret Kerr Unit officially opened

Borders General Hospital
Image caption The Margaret Kerr Unit is situated next to Borders General Hospital

The first palliative care facility in the Borders, the Margaret Kerr Unit, has been officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester.

The site is named after the West Linton nurse whose legacy helped to kick-start fundraising for the project.

The remainder of the funds for the unit - which cost more than £4m - came from a variety of sources including more than £1m from a public appeal.

The facility next to Borders General Hospital opened to patients in January.

During his visit to the region, the duke also officially opened the new students' residences at the Heriot-Watt University campus in Galashiels.

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