Published Thursday, 08 March 2012
The centre has 12 en suite rooms and facilities for relatives. (© Pacemaker)
The £5m Macmillan Unit was jointly funded by the Northern Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support fundraisers.
It is hoped the centre, which has 12 en-suite rooms and facilities for relatives, will provide services for up to 90,000 patients per year.
Health Minister Edwin Poots was at the launch on Thursday morning.
"How we care for those at the end of their lives says much about what type of society we aim to be and that is why excellent palliative care provision is a vital part of the health service today," the DUP minister said.
"This unit shows what can be achieved through the vision, hard work, dedication, compassion and above all the determination to meet the palliative and end of life care needs of the people who we have the privilege to care for.
"This new unit is open to all those needing palliative care, not just cancer patients, and it a credit to those who had the vision and drive to create it."
Just over £2m of the funding was provided by Macmillan.
Mr Poots said the charity has brought "substantial added value" to the project, with their experience of palliative care and other cancer treatment facilities across the UK.
He continued: "This new unit is an excellent example of joint working with the voluntary sector. Macmillan has provided funding to support the development and running of the unit.
"This partnership is important and offers real opportunities to improve services for people across Northern Ireland.
"It means that the right care is there at the right time, maximising people's capacity for choice and control.
"I want to see everyone having the chance to be supported in their place of choice."
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