Proposals put forward for new cancer care centre

The proposal is to build the centre next to the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
The proposal is to build the centre next to the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway is being asked to support propsals for a new cancer care unit to be built next to the new general hospital in Dumfries.

It would put £250,000 towards the capital costs of the project to provide the Maggie’s centre, which would then require a fund-raising campaign to raise up to £4million.

If agreed, it is hoped the new centre could be completed and opened within four years.

A report to the health board said the unit would provide facilities for the Dumfries and Galloway area which had previously only been available in Glasgow and Edinburgh to support people affected by cancer, their families and carers.

Sarah Beard, business development director with Maggie’s, said there had been “growing interest” in establishing a centre in the town over the last three years.

She said that each year there were approximately 1,400 new cases of cancer in the region which was forecast to rise over the next 20 years.

Ms Beard added that Dumfries - which was the home town of co-founder Maggie Keswick Jencks - also had particular significance for the organisation’s history.

She said Maggie’s was committed to providing a “high quality cancer information and support service” in the town and that the plans were financially viable.

She added: “Maggie’s is ambitious to make a positive contribution to the quality of care and experience of those affected by cancer in Dumfries and Galloway.”