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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.

All of St Columba’s Hospice clinical services moved to a temporary site at Kirklands House, Gogarbank in February 2012. This was necessary as the main Hospice is currently being rebuilt on the original site at 15 Boswall Road which is due for completion in Spring 2014.”