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About St Columba’s Hospice and the care we provide

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When you have been through the experience of losing someone you love, you can understand the importance of working to ensure that people are cared for in the best possible way in their last months, weeks and days so they can have a good death.

St Columba’s Hospice works with patients and families to find out what matters most to them. We help people to live and achieve the things they want to do. Making the time to explore what is important to patients and the choices they have is fundamental to our care.

Our compassionate and skilled team works hard to ensure death is as pain-free as possible. We try to take the unknown and fear out of dying for patients and their families. The care and support we provide is a vital service that helps families through difficult times.

We provide round-the-clock support and care for patients and families. Creating a space in today’s health care system, where a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals can create the ethos and environment where such specialist care can be delivered, is difficult.

St Columba’s Hospice pioneered the modern hospice concept in Scotland in 1977. Our reputation for delivering care and our mission to support palliative care education is unsurpassed.

The Hospice has a 30 bed inpatient unit and we also see patients as outpatients, in our day services, and in the community too. Patients have a range of illnesses including motor neurone disease, heart and respiratory conditions, cancer and many more.

Since the day the Hospice first opened we have been an independent charity at the heart of our local community, providing care and support to people when they need it most. All our services are provided completely free of charge to all patients and their families.

Click here to read more about the services we provide to patients and their families.

Our Mission

St Columba’s Hospice strives to ensure everyone within our community has access to excellent palliative care whoever they are, wherever they are and whenever they need it.

Our Vision

Increasing our capacity across all services by developing the ways we work to meet the diversity of our community’s need in an ever-changing and evolving healthcare environment. Putting patients and families at the centre of everything we do by making the time to explore what is important to them and the choices they have. Treating everyone with care, compassion, dignity and respect at all times throughout their Hospice experience.

Our Values

Our values are:

  • care
  • compassion
  • excellence
  • inclusion
  • respect
  • dignity
  • partnership
  • commitment

Our Policies, Statements and Publications

The Hospice publishes a range of reports and documents about the care we provide which you can read online. We also publish the reports that external organisations write about us.

Our News and Blog

Keep updated with all the latest news from the Hospice, and read blogs from volunteers, staff and people fundraising for us!

Our History

The Hospice was first opened in 1977 – almost 40 years ago. Click here to read about the history of St Columba’s Hospice and see our interactive timeline.

Our Hospice in Numbers