Inpatient Services

The Hospice inpatient ward offers a comfortable environment for those patients that may benefit from receiving more specialist support from our team. In some cases people will come to the Hospice for short stays in order to help control pain and manage symptoms, where as others come to receive care in the final days of their life.

Our team offer the very highest quality for hospice care and they; 

  • Strive to provide relief to your symptoms such as breathlessness, pain and tiredness
  • Work with you to maintain your independence for as long as possible
  • Give you and those closest to you the emotional support needed
  • Make sure you are being cared for in the best environment whether that be at home or in the Hospice

If you'd like to speak to one of our Hospice Team on whether an admission is going to be helpful, we are here seven days a week and can talk you and your family through all that is involved in the care at the Hospice. 

Hospice 24 hour helpline

0141 420 6785

If you would like to visit for a tour of hospice care, please get in touch

The staff have knowledge and expertise to deal with the pain relief, they have the skills and understanding to make dying dignified. At times, there was banter and laughter but their support made the process of grieving for him slightly easier. We moved into the Hospice for Dad's last five days. Participating in his care helped me deal with what was going on.

Daughter of patient

Outpatient Services

Our outpatient care is flexible and offers a variety of services that are designed to allow you to live life as best as possible at home. 

Whether attending a one-to-one consultation or coming to visit for the day to meet with our team we'll help you to manage your symptoms, maintain your everyday independence whilst offering psychological support to help enchance your well-being. 

As well the highest quality specialist medical advice our Day Unit offers services and activites that include; 

  • Chaplaincy
  • Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy support
  • Art and creative writing workshops
  • Peer support groups
  • Complementary therapies

The Day Unit allows you to meet other people and share experiences with one another which many of our patients find supportive and helpful. 

I love coming here; it's somewhere you feel you belong. You can talk about your illness without getting upset and we always ask each other how we are getting along. 

Day services patient


Please don't hesitate to phone us, we are here to help. 


Day Services

0141 429 9833


Main Hospice Reception

0141 429 5599


Hospice 24 hour helpline

0141 420 6785


What is a hospice? Show answer

The Hospice team gives specialised care to people who have life limiting illnesses and to those closest to them.  This is often at home, but could also be at an Outpatient clinic, Day Unit or in the Hospice Inpatient unit. 

The aim of hospice care is to support people to live as well as possible for as long as possible.

The Hospice team are specially trained and experienced doctors, nurses, therapists, counsellors, chaplins, social workers and volunteers. 

This means that people with complex needs can access skilled support to help them in their everyday life, for as long as needed. 

Is hospice care only for people who are dying? Show answer

Hospice care is about living as well as dying. We will support you to live as well as you can, while also being there for your family and friends. 

Does the Hospice take over my care? Show answer

No, we will work in partnership with your own healthcare providers. 

How does the Hospice link with my own GP and other healthcare providers? Show answer

We work closely with the primary health care team (your GP and District Nurse) and also link with the staff you see within Acute Hospitals, such as your speciality doctor or nurse. 

Will I have a dedicated care team? Show answer

Yes, you will have a dedicated contact person you can speak to, to discuss your care. 

Who is hospice care for? Show answer

Hospice care is for the people who have been diagnosed with a condition that will limit their life; it may be cancer or other conditions such as heart failure or lung disease. Support is also there for their families and carers. 

Hospice care is not only for older people; young people and their families can need support too. We support people from all cultures and backgrounds. 

How can I be referred for hospice care or access your services? Show answer

If you would like to chat to our medical team about being referred for our services please contact 0141 429 5599.

What does it cost? Show answer

Hospice care is free of charge. Some of the costs are covered by the NHS, but the majority is covered by fundraising throughout the community including our shops. 

What age group do you care for? Show answer

Hospice care is not only for older people; younger people sometimes need support too, and the team will adapt their approach to suits your needs. 

The Hospice also offers The Butterfly Project, children's bereavement support for those aged 2-18. 

What is hospice care like? Show answer

People describe hospice care as being very supportive. 

We know being referred to a hospice for care can be frightening but often, once people have met the Hospice team, many of these feelings are resolved. 

Hospice care can make all the difference; it can help the patient and family feel better, be more in control, make plans, find a way to share hopes and fears, make choices known and talk to those close to them. 

What does hospice care include? Show answer

Emotional support for the patient and family, speicalist symptom management and help with practical challenges. 

What the hospice means to us...

Bobbi MacIntyre

Bobbi MacIntyre

Butterfly Project

When Bobbi MacIntyre is asked to think back on the happiest memories she has of her Gran, she smiles warmly and says she doesn't know where to start, as she has so many.

The 12-year-old from Giffnock was very close to her Gran, Mary Ashmead, and devastated when she died of cancer five years ago.

Thanks to the help and support of the Butterfly Project, Bobbi learned how to cope with her grief and channel it into positive feelings.

"When I came in at first I thought, 'Oh, I don't know'," remembers Bobbi. "I didn't think it was going to help. I thought it was just going to be talking about things, but it really helped me so much.

"Obviously I'm going to miss my Gran still, but it has made such a difference."

Every Monday after school for a couple of months after Mary died, Bobbi and her mum Donna visited the hospice. While the children - every one of them with a relative suffering from life-threatening or life-limiting illness - took part in group activities, the parents had a chance to talk.

"We made a salt jar with salt and chalk and every colour represented something about the person we had lost," says Bobbi, a pupil at St Ninian's High School in Giffnock.

"I chose brown for my Gran's hair, pink for her dressing gown, purple for her slippers and green for her eyes.

"It helped me a lot. It just gave me hope that I would be able to cope without Gran, and it gave my mum hope.

"If other children don't think it will help by coming in to the project I would say that's what I thought - but when I came in it was totally different. Don't make your mind up until you try it, because it works."

Mary only had a short time after her diagnosis, and she encouraged her daughter Donna to talk to doctors and staff.

It was on one of these visits when Donna heard about plans to set up the Butterfly Project. Donna says she was concerned because Bobbi, who was only seven at the time, was so young when she lost her Gran. "I thought, what about the kids? It's hard enough for us to work our way through it but how will Bobbi cope?" explains Donna.

"Kids are often forgotten about but they have feelings. They get confused, upset and angry. My concern was what was there for them?"

Not only has the project helped Bobbi cope with her grief, she has passed on the experiences to come to the assistance of friends who have lost a relative.

"We can't take the pain away. We still feel her loss all the time and always will, but we've used that experience to try and help others," says Donna proudly. "It's not something you can teach. 

"What I saw with the kids is that unspoken thing, they just know how each other feels. They understand without having to go into a big explantation about it."

Frances McGreevy

Frances McGreevy


I have cancer – but it doesn’t have me – and the hospice has helped me to realise that.

I look forward to my visits here so much, my hospice days are my best days of the week.

They understand me and how I feel and the therapies they provide leave me feeling like a new person every time. They saved my sanity and I know I wouldn’t still be here without them.

Jamie Gallen

Jamie Gallen

Discovered his artistic talent at the Outpatient Service

Meet Jamie Gallen, he discovered his artistic talent at the hospice's Outpatient Service.

He was encouraged to get creative after attending our Day Services. The former gas engineer admits he had been surprised to discover his once hidden artistic talent. He said: “When I was diagnosed with cancer I was asked if I wanted to come to the hospice. I walked into the art room one day because I wanted to see what was going on and the staff encouraged me to paint.”

Jeni Pearson, our Artist Practitioner, first persuaded Jamie to pick up a paintbrush. She said: “He is very, very talented. I love his paintings. Since I’ve been working with Jamie I’ve seen him grow in confidence. He’s just amazing, really inspiring.”

Jamie continued: “I really just want to show people that you don’t just go into hospices to die. You can still have a life if you want to.”

“I used to try sketching with a pencil and a bit of paper for my kids but I wasn’t very good. Drawing is definitely not my thing. Oil painting seems to suit me though. I just fell in love with it. It makes me feel at peace. I feel as if I’m doing something with my life rather than just lying down waiting.”


Joe McKenna

Joe McKenna

A new zest for life

Meet Joe McKenna, he’s been using Hospice services recently and says we’ve given him a new zest for life.

Joe can’t speak highly enough of the care that the Hospice provides. He says the attention to detail, sensitivity and understanding the team show mean he has never received care like it.

Praising our staff Joe said: “After a couple of bad falls I ended up in the Hospice for 3 weeks. There wasn’t one single member of staff that wasn’t there for me or gave me the support I needed. It was the little things like remembering what I liked to drink or eat and helping me to have relaxing Jacuzzi baths.

Glasgow born Joe has lived and worked all over the world, including America where some of his grown up children now live. He first came in contact with the Hospice many years ago when his wife died here. He remembers her last days at the Hospice, looking over the suspension bridge at the River Clyde near to where she was born.

Nine years later, Joe has cancer and after his time on the ward, he said: “Being in the Hospice gave me energy and a zest for life I didn’t have before. I put on much needed weight and after all the team looked after me so well, I went home. I was touched when the nurses said they would miss me as I left. The porter and nurse who took me home were great too and made sure I was comfortable and happy in my house.”

During Joe’s time in the Hospice, our therapy team spent time with him. This meant that when he went home, he had the support and equipment he needed. Joe said: “I was visited by Anne, the Rehabilitation Assistant. She took me for a walk and made sure I was up and about okay.”

He said: “I would encourage anyone who was in a similar situation to me to consider the Hospice. I would also tell everyone to get behind them and help raise funds to allow the staff to continue caring the wonderful way they do.”

Moria Marshall

Moira McMillan


I was so afraid the first time I came across the front door. But now I look forward to coming here so much – it’s become my second home really.

I come in for counselling support and I always relax and enjoy my time here, have a laugh with the staff and other patients.

I know now that the hospice isn’t for dying, it’s for living. It’s my lifeline.

Tommy Easton

Tommy Easton


When Tommy Easton's brother was diagnosed with life-limiting cancer there was only one place he knew Eddie would get the care and attention he needed.

"The hospice is a wonderful place, it is all about the care and attention to detail, the dignity they give people."

"It wasn't just the care and attention for Eddie, it was the whole family and the way everyone was treated," says Tommy.

Now Tommy and his family are keeping Eddie's memory alive through vital fundraising for our Brick by Brick Appeal.

Through his company VR Construction in Hillington, Tommy has pledged to raise the £60,000 needed to buy a patient en-suite bedroom in the new hospice. After a golf day late last year at Dundonald golf course in Irvine, which he thought would raise £15,000 but actually brought in £27,000, he is nearly half-way to his target already.

His fundraising will provide a lasting memory of Eddie, a carefree man, full of life who will always be remembered by friends and family as being the life and soul of the party.

Thank you Tommy for all your support!

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