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Following a visit to St Christopher’s in London, Ann Weatherall, matron of Corstophine and Beech Mount Hospital in Edinburgh, was so inspired by the care being given to the dying that together with the Hospice’s first Medical Director Dr Derek Doyle a committee was founded to raise funds to found Edinburgh’s and Scotland’s first modern hospice. After many years of fundraising St Columba's Hospice finally opened its doors to patients in 1977 as a 15-bed unit in Challenger Lodge, an original Georgian building overlooking the Firth of Forth Edinburgh.

It has developed and expanded since then to provide a modern, comprehensive range of care services within its buildings and in the wider community.

St Columba's Hospice Education Centre opened in early 2012 and provides palliative care education courses for a wide range of students from care assistants to postgraduate medical groups.

St Columba’s Hospice moved back from its temporary location at Gogarbank in early May 2014 and saw St Columba’s Hospice return to its spiritual home in North Edinburgh, overlooking the Firth of Forth.