Cancer care unit wins national gong

Gillian Wilson, senior charge nurse and Jean Maltman of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Gillian Wilson, senior charge nurse and Jean Maltman of Macmillan Cancer Support.
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A CANCER care unit at Victoria Hospital unit has picked up a new national award.

The Macmillan Quality Environment Mark, the first of its kind in the UK, was presented to the Haematological Day Unit for providing consistent high quality care.

The purpose-built building was one of only 16 sites in Scotland to be given the award, which was developed in collaboration with people living with cancer and organisations, including the NHS.

NHS Fife Medical Director, Dr Brian Montgomery, said: “NHS Fife is delighted to receive this prestigious award and sees it as recognition of the commitment of all staff working in the unit and providing support services to ensure that the care delivered is of the highest quality.”

The centre provides a range of treatments for individuals with malignant and non malignant haematological and oncological disorders.

More Fife patients who travel to Edinburgh to receive treatment will be able to use the Kirkcaldy centre instead.

Jean Maltman, Associate Macmillan Development Manager said: “This award reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in making the Haematological Day Unit such a special place. Assessors found that staff worked extremely hard to create a welcoming atmosphere and that the staff are committed to providing high quality care in a comfortable environment.

“We are delighted and they should be congratulated for all their hard work.”