Discover the history of the Hospice with our new interactive timeline
In 2017 St Columba’s Hospice is marking its 40th year. We opened in 1977 and in the four decades that have passed since then we have seen many changes.
To celebrate our history, we have created an interactive timeline that charts some of the key and quirky moments from our past.
Back in the 1960s the hospice movement was still in its infancy, and in 1967 St Christopher’s Hospice in London was founded as the first modern hospice in the UK by Dame Cicely Saunders.
At the time when St Christopher’s Hospice was being opened, Ann Weatherill was the matron of Costorphone and Beech Mount Hospital in Edinburgh. Following a trip to London to see St Christopher’s Hospice, Ann was so inspired by the care given to the dying that together with Dr Derek Doyle she created a committee to raise the money needed to build Scotland’s first modern hospice.
After many years of fundraising, St Columba’s Hospice first opened its doors in 1977 with 15 in-patient beds and three months’ running costs. Over the years it has grown and evolved into an exemplary provider of specialist palliative care for thousands of people with terminal illnesses in Edinburgh and the Lothians, while also providing support to their relatives and loved ones.
In our interactive timeline you can click through to see some of the key moments in our history, as well as some of the quirky things that have happened at the Hospice over the last four decades.
From the first patients arriving on the day the day hospice first opened, to visits from royalty, and our rebuild project our interactive timeline features 40 moments that we hope inspire fond memories of the four decades that have been supporting the people of Edinburgh and the Lothians.