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New Cancer Care Unit for Wigtownshire

CANCER patients in Wigtownshire will soon have a new state-of-the art palliative care unit in Stranraer.

For the £650,000 needed for the facility in the new health complex to replace the Garrick and Dalrymple Hospitals has now been raised - in just one year instead of the planned two. Next step is a campaign to persuade the health board to provide chemotherapy treatment at the unit - space will be provided there for such a service.

With the board coming up with £150,000 towards the cost of the unit, other groups were given the job of raising the rest.

Order of St John received a £156,000 boost towards their shape when they were left that amount in the will of Portpatrick woman Mrs Margaret Hamilton. Their target was reached earlier this year.

Now fundraising partners the Palliative Care Steering Group have announced they too have raised their share.

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