"Amazing, tender care from the superb Margaret Kerr Unit."
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Posted by Grateful Spouse (as ),
After being diagnosed with disseminated SCLC following a walk-in visit to the BGH A&E unit, my lovely partner had a week on Ward 7 where her care and the attention given to her were nothing short of excellent. After being discharged pending a Consultant Oncologist appointment the following week, we began planning the next steps with hope for one or maybe two years together subject to her yet to be determined treatment plans.
Unfortunately, during the first weekend home her condition deteriorated and with help of the brilliant Community Palliative Care Team, I had to re-admit her to Borders General, to try and ascertain if she was suffering medication side effects or progressive illness symptoms.
Again the care given to her by all in the Acute Assessment Unit and Ward 6 was excellent. After 12 hours on Ward 6 we were able to move my parnter down to the Margaret Kerr Unit. We had discussed her end-of-life care during the earlier days and talks with the Palliative Care Team and the MKU was her choice for the end. We simply didn't expect it to be quite so soon. Less than 36 hours from reaching her beautiful room in the Margaret Kerr Unit, she was taken from me by her disease despite the excellent, dignified and tender care received by all the staff there. Similarly, the Doctors and staff also treated me, her husband, with such tenderness and thoughtfulness at what was a distressing time. I cannot thank enough, all those involved in our seventeen day traumatic experience at the Borders General and in particular at the Margaret Kerr Unit.
I would urge everyone to support the Margaret Kerr Unit at every opportunity. It is an oasis of peace, calm and support in what otherwise would be an ocean storm of distress, confusion and emotional turmoil.