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Palliative care unit named in honour of Scottish nurse

The Margaret Kerr palliative care unit in the Borders is set to admit its first patients

The unit was named after a nurse whose bequest kick-started the project, which also raised £1m towards costs through a public fundraising initiative.

The site at Borders General Hospital is the first of its kind in the area. The contribution to the scheme by West Linton nurse Ms Kerr has been commemorated by the creation of a special sculpture in the reception area.

Ms Kerr died in March 2009, but left more than £500,000 towards the project in her will.

One stipulation of the bequest was that the project must have the support of medics and nurses throughout the Borders.

An appeal to raise £1m for the scheme was launched in September 2011, finally reaching the total late last year.

The scheme has been taken up by NHS Borders with the help of local groups and charities.

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