Chemotherapy and radiotherapy - where will I be treated?
Unless the chemotherapy treatment is complex, it will be provided locally in the Borders Macmillan Centre, Borders General Hospital; otherwise it will be given at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre.
All radiotherapy treatment is given at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre.
Borders General Hospital, Melrose , TD6 0SD
The Borders General Hospital covers the central Borders area. It is located just outside Melrose on the A609. You can find more information about visiting times and how to find the hospital on the NHS Borders website.
You can also find information about how to get to the Borders General Hospital on our Directions and Travel page.
Situated within the Borders General Hospital, the new specialist palliative care unit is named after local nurse Margaret Kerr, in recognition of the significant legacy that she left for the palliative care unit.
Borders Macmillan Centre
The Macmillan Centre provides a central focus for cancer, palliative care and haematology services for those living in the Borders and is located in the Borders General Hospital.
The entrance is situated within the Borders General Hospital and is clearly signposted from the hospital reception.
There are three secretaries in the unit one of whom will man reception during opening hours.
The reception area is manned during opening times on a Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. It is a comfortable area with easy chairs and tea and coffee facilities.
The Information and Resource Room: you can find information on various cancers, treatments, benefits etc. here.
With a magnificent view of the Eildon hills, the treatment area is a friendly, informal and relaxed environment. A variety of different procedures are carried out here including chemotherapy and blood transfusion.
The Treatment area: this is nurse led which means many of the patients attending will be seen, assessed and given their treatment by nurses. These nurses work closely with other members of the healthcare team to ensure patients have access to all specialities who can help with their care.
Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy can help improve a patient's quality of life by helping them to relax and by alleviating some of their symptoms and the side effects of their treatment. Patients can use the aromatherapy service either in the Borders Macmillan Centre, at their local Health Centre or in their own home. The service is supported by a local charity, The Lavender Touch.
Lymphoedema/chronic oedema: This service provides assessment, treatment and management of patients with chronic swelling. Skin care advice, exercises, compression garments, multi-layer lymphoedema bandaging and manual lymph drainage massage are offered as appropriate by a specialist Macmillan Physiotherapist.
Breast Prosthesis: This service is run by the Breast Care Nurse Specialist and is available to all patients following breast surgery. There is a clinic once a fortnight on a Monday morning but appointments can be arranged at other times if this is more convenient.
Inner Beauty, Outer Strength: This service offers a range of beauty tips and skin care advice from a professional beautician.
Wigs: Patients are given prescriptions for wigs and information about where to get wigs locally. You can also have a one to one session about how to tie head scarves.
The Quiet Room: this is a comfortable, private room where patients can learn different relaxation techniques that can help them cope with some of the side effects of their treatment. It is also a room where patients and their families can spend some time with members of staff from the unit discussing issues of a private or confidential nature.
Chemotherapy Nurses: A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) leads the chemotherapy service. Two charge nurses, three staff nurses and a nursing assistant support this service.
Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS): The following nurse specialists are available.
- Bowel and Rectal Cancer - Colorectal Nurse Specialist
- Breast Cancer - Breast care Nurse Specialist
- Disorders of the blood - Haematology Nurse Specialist
- Lung Cancer - Oncology Nurse Specialist
- Chemotherapy - Oncology Nurse Specialist
- Pain and Symptom Control Management - Palliative Care Nurse Specialists.
Consultants: The consultant in Palliative Medicine is based in the unit. There are three oncologists from the Western General in Edinburgh who visit the unit.
Pharmacy Services: The chemotherapy service is supported by a Lead Cancer Pharmacist and pharmacy technicians who are based elsewhere in the hospital. There is also a dedicated pharmacist for palliative care.