About Us

About us

The Ayrshire Hospice provides outstanding quality care and services which helps those with any life-limiting illness. Care is provided where there is no cure for the condition, but which improves the quality of each day for people who have a limited time to live. 

Our charity helps adults throughout Ayrshire and Arran with life-limiting illness such as cancer, neurological conditions, end stage heart failure and lung disease. We help people to live as actively as they can to the end of their lives - however long that may be, whereever that may be. The care we provide not only seeks to alleviate pain and symptoms, but also allows people to stay engaged with friends, family and their community. We not only look after people’s physical needs but also attend to their emotional, spiritual and social needs too. The patient and their family are at the centre of all the care we provide. Family members, close friends and carers are also supported both during a person’s illness and following bereavement. 

We provide care in a number of places, including people’s own homes, hospitals and care homes as well as in our purpose built day care and in-patient units. Wherever suits our patients best.

During 2016-17, the Ayrshire Hospice touched the lives of many patients and families:

  • A total of 1,400 referrals made to the hospice from across Ayrshire
  • 231 of those patients were admitted to the in-patient unit
  • 58 were discharged from the in-patient unit
  • 173 referrals were made to Solas day services
  • 3,591 visits were made to patients in the community
  • 1,288 visits were made to a total of 239 patients by the Respite and Response team
  • 930 referrals were made to the hospital palliative care team
  • 3,334 review visits were made by the hospital palliative care team

Hospice services are free of charge and are available to patients over 16 years of age throughout Ayrshire and Arran. The funding of these services does, however, require extensive, on-going fundraising and NHS support to exist. During 2016-17, it cost over £7.6 million to run all hospice services, including clinical, fundraising and support services - equating to approximately £20,800 per day. Against this, £7.6million was raised with £4.3million being raised through voluntary donations alone, including over £982,000 in hospice shops income, which was followed by bequests and legacies as the next highest income stream of over £777,000. NHS Ayrshire & Arran provided partnership funding of over £2.8 million.

The hospice is a registered charity (SC011390).

Read the full Annual Overview report here.


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