The Ayrshire Hospice provides specialist palliative care and services to people affected by life-limiting illness across Ayrshire. We are passionate about working closely with those we serve, our communities and our partner organisations and aim to reach all those who might benefit from our high quality, personalised care.
We understand that some people can be apprehensive about coming to a hospice which is why we have created a list of frequently asked questions about Ayrshire Hospice care and to dispel some myths.
Referral information for patients and families
In order to protect our most vulnerable patients, Ayrshire Hospice has taken the decision to restrict visitors to the in-patient unit during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Patient care is our top priority. Please only visit the hospice if absolutely necessary. If you would like assistance with Skype calls etc please contact the nursing team looking after the patient.
Visiting in the In Patient Unit will be restricted to four named visitors for the duration of a patients' stay and a maximum of two visitors at one time. These nominated visitors cannot be changed throughout the patients stay. Visitors will be asked to use PPE and advice on how to do this will be available from the nursing team. Children under 16 years are not permitted to visit at this time. Please arrive and leave promptly at visiting times.
Visitors can attend as many times during the day (10am - 8pm) as they feel necessary. However, we prefer if you do not visit for more than two hours at a time to allow us to promote rest.
From 7/7/20 patients at the hospice may be able to have extra visitors to the window of their room- if you would like to have this arranged please discuss with the charge nurse on duty.
Hospices are full of light, love and joy. Yes, there are naturally times of deep sadness and loss as in life. But the work hospices do focus on the quality of life for however long a patient has. The buildings, gardens, and work of the staff and volunteers make hospices a haven of peace, solace, dignity and compassion.
Many people return home after a period of assessment, treatment or symptom control. Once their needs are met they go home again. Some patients do choose to come to a hospice to die, knowing they will be given the specialist and holistic care they need to ensure that their death is as peaceful, dignified and comfortable as possible.
Those in the hospice who wish to die at home, are supported by the hospice team to return home and be cared for there, wherever possible.
Anyone with a chronic life limiting illness can benefit from hospice care, covering those with a whole variety of illnesses including neurological conditions, end stage heart failure and lung disease – not just cancer.
Palliative care means whole person care providing psychological and spiritual care along with pain and symptom management. It is the body and soul care of someone who is alive with maybe hours, days, months or years left to live. It is about making today matter.
Hospices and palliative care neither prolong or hasten dying. Its aim is to ensure the best quality of that’s possible, until the very end of someone’s life.
Hospice care covers all ages. Adult hospices look after over 16’s while patients under 16 are looked after in CHAS hospices – Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – at Rachel House in Perthshire and Robin House near Loch Lomond in Balloch.
Hospices have a holistic approach that aims to make the most of your life and supports not just the patients but their carers and family with spiritual care, bereavement care and a focus on living until the end, not dying. Some patients and families use hospice services for years.
It is totally FREE to patients and their families and mainly paid for by voluntary donations, fundraising as well as a contribution from local health boards
All the independent hospices in Scotland are run by independent charities. Independent Scottish hospices receive no financial support from the UK wide charities of Macmillan and Marie Curie.
Hospice care is patient centred and is delivered to patients in their own homes, in the community, hospitals, care homes and day service areas as well as in-patient units. Hospice care can be accessed through local GPs and other health professionals. It’s all about making the most of life.