Patients & carers

For patients & carers

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, where ever 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. Family members, close friends and carers are also supported both during a person’s illness and in 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 2015/16 we touched the lives of many. We had:

  • 1,262 referrals made to the hospice from across Ayrshire
  • 278 of those referrals were admitted to the in-patient unit
  • 96 were discharged from the in-patient unit
  • 2,778 day service attendances
  • 4,006 visits were made to patients in the community

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 2015-16, it cost almost £7.4 million to run all hospice services, including clinical, fundraising and support services - equating to approximately £20,000 per day. Of this £7.4million, we need to raise £4.3million through voluntary donations.

The hospice is a registered charity (SC011390).