Our medical team manage pain, symptoms, medicines and treatments as well as offering a safe space to talking about the various mental and spiritual worries and anxieties that arise during what is the most difficult part of many people’s lives.
We understand that being separated from family, friends and familiar surroundings can make serious illness even tougher to bear, so we offer specialist advice, guidance and support to patients at home, in care homes and community hospitals across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
“It takes a special kind of person to work in palliative care and the people at St Columba’s are that special kind of person. It’s not just the nurses, it’s the doctors, it’s the volunteers, everyone that works in the café – they are all lovely people. I actually feel like they are all my family. I feel so safe here because they know how to fix anything.”
This multi-disciplinary team is formed from professionals in the fields of counselling, physiotherapy, chaplaincy, occupational therapy, social work and complementary therapy. Their purpose is help with the well being of the whole person, physical, mental and spiritual.
Leading all the care we provide is our management team, comprised of experts from every area of St Columba’s Hospice Care. The management team are responsible for ensuring we provide outstanding care for everyone we possibly can, in line with our organisational strategy.
Although we care for people who are living in difficult circumstances, we do all we can to make them feel like they’re staying at a home-from-home. And one thing that can really make us feel like home is the food we enjoy. Our talented team goes out of its way to prepare special meals or to prepare food in specific ways for patients.