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Nursing Cancer Patients at Home

If you or someone you know has cancer and can be looked after at home, there are people in the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Fife and Lothian who can help provide nursing care. They include district nurses, Macmillan and Marie Curie Nurses.

If you would like to be cared for at home but are not sure how this would work, you might like to use the Marie Curie Nursing Service. Marie Curie Nurses are available to provide skilled nursing care and support during the day or through the night. Find out how to get a Marie Curie Nurse.

Your District Nurse can deliver skilled nursing care in your own home. She can access and monitor the needs of both you and your family and can assist you in accessing the help of other professionals as appropriate. Contact your local surgery.

Find out what help is available to you locally.


District Nurses provide support to patients and their families, mainly in the patients own home. A member of the District Nursing team will identify any health care needs a patient may have and discuss a plan of care with them and, if appropriate, their family or carer. The NHS Borders website has more information about district nursing and how to contact your district nurse.

Dumfries and Galloway

The District Nurse will assess your needs and organise the appropriate service. You can find a list of community services and contact details on the NHS Dumfries and Galloway website.

Social Workers based in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary are  involved in assessing and organising packages of care for people at home. They can offer information, practical help and someone to speak on your behalf if necessary. 

Tel: 01387 241595.

The Dumfries and Galloway District Council also has a list of the contact details of social workers who can look into your needs when you return from hospital.

Your Macmillan Nurse Specialist is a specialist in cancer care nursing and can offer support at any time during the cancer journey. She advises on the best way to manage pain and other symptoms. She offers advice on treatment options and gives psychological support to people living with cancer.


Office Location

Contact Number

Barbara Maxwell

Health Centre, Newton Stewart

01671 402587

Janice Matthew

Health Clinic, Annan

01461 205218

Moira Dale
Claire Drummond

Dumfries, Upper Nithsdale

01387 241981

Claire Sharpe

Stewartry, Castle Douglas

01556 504786


The District Nurse will assess your needs and organise the appropriate service. You can find contact details on the NHS Fife website.


Referrals to the District Nursing Service may be made for any housebound patient over the age of 16 years who is unable to attend the GP Surgery. Referrals are accepted from patients, relatives / carers, and other professionals and may be made by telephone, in person or by letter.  The service is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

The East Lothian Macmillan Nursing Service provides support at home and in hospital if needed. The service aims to maintain and / or improve your quality of life - working from the very start of your cancer. Help can be given in the following ways -

  • Explaining the best way to control pain and other symptoms
  • advising and guiding you through the different kinds of treatment and drugs you may be given
  • spending time with you and your family to talk over worries you may have
  • advising on practical help that you may need
  • discussing any future care
  • making contact with other professionals in hospital and at home
  • support for the bereaved

The Macmillan Nursing Service is located on the 1st floor, East fortune House, Roodlands General Hospital, Hospital Road, Haddington, EH41 3PF.

Tel: 0131 5367 8332