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COVID-19 update

As we all watch closely for developments around COVID-19, we want to take this opportunity to share an update on how the Hospice is responding. The health and wellbeing of our community is always our number one priority, from our patients and their families, to our dedicated staff, volunteers, partners and suppliers. As such, we’ve decided to implement the following safeguards:

  • If you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not visit the Hospice. This applies to all visitors, staff, suppliers and volunteers
  • Our community team will now offer support primarily over the phone. We are also able to support patients and families with virtual consultations via a secure video call through a national NHS system called Attend Anywhere/NearMe. Information about the technology and what devices can be used can be found here. THE DATE AND TIME OF CONSULTATIONS WILL BE PRE-ARRANGED BY TELEPHONE WITH ONE OF OUR TEAM. To access your planned consultation, click here.
  • Our main reception is no longer staffed and visits are being managed directly by the wards. If you are planning on visiting and need further information or advice, please call 0131 551 1381. This number is now being redirected straight to the wards where our team can help you further.
  • All visitors, staff and suppliers must use the hand sanitiser available on entry and exit to the Hospice, as well as the inpatient unit
  • Patient visitors to the inpatient units will be limited to two named visitors per patient at all times (Please note: in order to keep the Hospice as safe as possible, we're unable to accept any visits from children under 12 years old until further notice. In addition, all visitors will be required to answer a few screening questions on arrival.)
  • All Day Therapies and Hospice-based outpatient provisions have been cancelled until the end of April
  • Our East Lothian Community outpatient service will continue at this time
  • Bereavement Support, and our Children and Family Support Service will be available, however sessions will be conducted over the phone
  • Our team has a plan in place to ensure we are ready to implement appropriate infection control measures should we suspect COVID-19 infection
  • For updates on our shops, please click here
  • Our volunteer teams have been asked to stand down until the end of April. This will be reviewed continuously and updates provided regularly
  • For local support and services, you can visit the EVOC directory, connecting people with voluntary and community organisations here.

Please be assured that we are constantly monitoring and reviewing the situation, taking advice from both the Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland, and will keep everyone updated as the situation develops.

 

What we do

St Columba’s Hospice Care provides hospice and end-of-life care for people with incurable illnesses and their families all across Edinburgh and the Lothians. From residential palliative care to counselling support, and from local education to partnering in international research, we create space for the things that matter to our patients, their families, our people and our partners.

Our services

Far more than four walls

St Columba’s Hospice Care is much more than a building. While we’re incredibly proud of our state-of-the-art facilities, we also visit people in their homes all across Edinburgh and the Lothians. We provide educational support services and we take part in sector-leading research with partners all over the world.

Our services

Our services

Far more than four walls

St Columba’s Hospice Care is much more than a building. While we’re incredibly proud of our state-of-the-art facilities, we also visit people in their homes all across Edinburgh and the Lothians. We provide educational support services and we take part in sector-leading research with partners all over the world.

Our services

An incurable diagnosis is not the end. We help people live as well as they can to the end of their lives, however long that may be.

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I think the word I’d use for the support I’ve received is grateful. This place is brilliant.

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If anyone was in any way unsure about staying at the Hospice, I would say there’s nothing to worry about. Everybody is so friendly and happy: you’re treated like royalty.

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I think back to my first thoughts and how wrong they were and if anyone else was feeling that way or scared about what to expect I’d tell them don’t be daft, get in there!

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Volunteer

Your time is precious – to you and to us

We can only offer such great care because of the selflessness of our 600+ strong team of volunteers. Our volunteers come from all sorts of backgrounds but whether they are retirees or school pupils, every one of them makes lives better for our patients and their families.

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Giant Pub Quiz

Join us for our first Giant Pub Quiz of 2020! Tickets include a pie and a pint but be quick, this event is one of our most popular offerings and sells out in advance of the night.

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Organise a fundraiser

Help raise much-needed financial support so we can provide more people with the best hospice care. We have lots of ideas – from a simple bake sale, to sailing the Firth of Forth. Just be sure to have fun!

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Legacy giving

Will power

Leaving a legacy gift to St Columba’s in your Will helps ensure more people receive the very best hospice care available.

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