About us

Read our latest 2017-18 Annual Overview "Shaping Ayrshire's hospice" here or download a copy.

Annual overview 2017-18 front


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 2017-18, the Ayrshire Hospice touched the lives of many patients and families:

  • A total of 1,398 referrals made to the hospice from across Ayrshire
  • 286 of those patients were admitted to the in-patient unit
  • 67 were discharged from the in-patient unit
  • 175 referrals were made to Solas day services
  • 3,605 visits were made to patients in the community
  • 1,414 visits were made to a total of 371 patients by the Respite and Response team
  • 924 referrals were made to the hospital palliative care team
  • 3,205 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 2017-18, it cost over £7.7 million to run all hospice services, including clinical, fundraising and support services - equating to over £21,000 per day. Against this £7.8million was raised, with £4.5million being raised through voluntary donations alone. For the first time ever our shops network brought in over £1million of income! Over £1million was also left in bequests and legacies by people in their Wills. This was closely followed by general donations and gift aid as the next highest income stream, realising over £860,000.  NHS Ayrshire & Arran provided welcome partnership funding of over £2.8million.

The hospice is a registered charity (SC011390).

You can also read about the Ayrshire Hospice Interim Strategic Priorities for 2018-21 and our full annual report and financial statements for year ended 31st March 2018. 

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