St. Columba‚Äôs needs to rebuild, to provide a new, visionary hospice which will ensure that we can continue to provide our patients with the comfort, dignity and highest standard of care that St Columba‚Äôs has always delivered.
It ran from 12:00 AM, 7 December 2009 to 11:59 PM, 11 December 2009
Registered Charity in Scotland (SC003634)
Although visionary when they were first opened in 1977, our existing facilities now need to be upgraded. Our specialist nurses, doctors and allied health professionals, along with many support staff and over 500 volunteers, provide the highest possible quality of care. We need to rebuild the hospice to ensure that our facilities match this and support the delivery of the best possible palliative care to our patients. Plans for the rebuild were submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council‚Äôs Planning Department in November 2008. They include a complete rebuild of the Hospice‚Äôs 30 bed in-patient unit, improving the quality of facilities available to patients, and ensuring the in-patient unit is available to more people who need the Hospice‚Äôs help and support. In fact, all of our services will benefit from the new development; out-patient services will benefit from a greater number of consulting rooms; upgraded and expanded facilities will support the work of our much valued Day Hospice and the adjacent site at 17 Boswall Road gives St. Columba‚Äôs Hospice the opportunity to develop a brand new education wing, with a new lecture theatre and seminar rooms providing a platform to further develop the Hospice‚Äôs already successful education programmes. St. Columba‚Äôs community palliative care nurses will, as always, continue to provide support to patients in their own homes. We have already raised almost half the funds we need to rebuild the Hospice. A further ¬£14 million will be needed to rebuild the hospice, thereby ensuring we retain our place as the leading provider of specialist palliative care in Edinburgh and Lothians.
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