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The St Columba’s Hospice Inpatient Unit

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Our Inpatient Unit has the resource to meet the varied and changing needs of up to 30 patients with advanced progressive illness, with a focus on quality of life for each patient and support for family and friends.

Patients are often admitted to the Inpatient Unit when their illness has reached an advanced stage, but we also provide care and treatment for short periods to patients having difficulties managing their symptoms. This can include pain management and nausea control, and often provides some much-needed support to the patient’s family and carers. Around 40% of our inpatients are able to return home once symptom control has been achieved.

Whilst symptom control is extremely important, we also aim to alleviate any other physical, emotional, social or spiritual needs. To this end, each patient is cared for by a multi-disciplinary team, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, a social worker, chaplain, pharmacist, counsellor, complementary therapist – and even a hairdresser!

Every one of our patients are cared for by a dedicated team of nurses – led by a Ward Manager – who are responsible for overseeing their care and encouraging them to be actively involved in any decisions relating to and in the planning of their care.

This commitment to individualised patient-centred care continues to inform our approach when a patient enters the final days of their lives. Clear and sensitive communication with patients and families about the patient’s condition and about the wishes and needs of their families is vital to good end-of-life care. In the last days or hours of life excellent symptom management to ensure maximum comfort for the patient is crucial, and we ensure our documentation of communication and care planning provides evidence of the quality of the end-of-life care we provide.

Ward Layout

We have two Inpatient wards – Cedar Ward on the ground floor of the Hospice, and Pentland Ward on the first floor. Each ward has nine single patient rooms and two three-bedded patient rooms. Anyone who wishes to discuss their preferences regarding rooms in advance should contact the Hospice’s clinical team for more information.

Visiting & Staying Over

St Columba’s Hospice has an open 24-hour visiting policy and we welcome visits by children. By prior arrangement, pets can also be brought in. If you wish to stay at the Hospice overnight to spend time with your loved one, we also have family bedrooms available on both wards.


While the hospice building is a no-smoking zone, there is a smoking shelter for patients within the front of the grounds. Click here to read our smoking policy for patients.


Patients must be referred to the Hospice by their health or social care professional. Click here for referrals information.

New – Hospice partnership with Macmillan

The Hospice is pleased to be partnering with Macmillan, to enable patients to access all the financial support they are eligible for. Macmillan is a charity that supports people with cancer, however in the Hospice partnership  with Macmillan, their support and advice regarding benefits and financial support is available to all of the Hospice’s patients – whatever illness you have. Find out all about the partnership and how you can access the Macmillan team at the Hospice here.