Palliative care patients and staff at a Sutherland hospital will soon benefit from improved facilities thanks to a generous legacy from a former patient.
Andrew Munro, originally a fish farmer from Inverness but more recently a crofter from Rogart, left a sizeable bequest to the Lawson Memorial Hospital in Golspie in appreciation of the care he had received there.
He sadly died on July 5, 2013, aged 58.
Part of the legacy will also be used for the refurbishment of the Cambusavie Unit’s large day room into a facility that Andrew had requested.
As well as making things more comfortable for patients in that unit, Andrew was keen to improve current palliative care facilities at the Lawson Memorial Hospital by giving staff access to training which would provide them with the specialist knowledge they require.
The Lawson has both a palliative care room and quiet room. The care room was initiated and very generously supported by the Lawson Cambusavie Memorial Hospital Friends who are also planning improvements to the quiet room.
These improvements are to be provided by the creation of a “state -of-the-art” video conferencing and training suite and a new physiotherapy unit, based within two former wards on the ground floor of the hospital.
Work has already started on these units and eventually, as part of the Lawson’s phase two plans, all of the outpatients’ department will be based in the building.
Lorraine Coe, NHS Highland’s Sutherland district manager, said: “Andrew’s incredibly kind and generous legacy will enable a fantastic move forward for the hospital. Aside from helping to improve the palliative care environment in Lawson Memorial Hospital and the Cambusavie Unit, the training suite will be a wonderful addition allowing staff access to training and creating improved links for both staff and patients with the Highland Hospice.”
Colin Munro and Jane Parkes, Andrew’s brother and sister, have been closely involved with these exciting new developments and initial work on both the seminar room and the physiotherapy unit is expected to be completed by the middle of next month.
An official opening ceremony will take place soon after.