About Us

Our core purpose

At Highland Hospice we aim to support people, their families and carers, living with an advancing, life shortening illness in the Highlands to live the best possible life and to prepare for and experience the best possible death.  By managing pain and other physical symptoms, we help make time and space for reflection, for gaining perspective and for achieving a measure of calm and tranquillity.   Crucially, our team also offers advice with the emotional, social and spiritual issues that may arise and works with patients and loved ones at a time of transition to help them enjoy, value and commemorate life.  By delivering and sharing our skills in our Inpatient Unit and Day Therapy Centres, in local hospitals and care homes and at home, we seek to provide our patients and their loved ones with respect, dignity and choice both during the patient’s illness and into bereavement.

Highland Hospice is committed to the principles of equality and diversity and our services are offered free of charge to all adults in the Highlands.  

Some history

The idea of a hospice in the Highlands came from two determined individuals, Flora MacKay and Cecilia Bottomley. Whilst working as nurses at the old Culduthel Hospital in Inverness, they decided that they could and should be able to provide better care to those with a life shortening illness.  In the spring of 1983, Flora and Cecilia brought together a committee to drive forward their vision and Highland Hospice was born.

Less than five years later, on November 17th 1987, the first patient entered through the doors of the Day Hospice and a year after that the purpose-built Inpatient Unit opened.  Over the next three decades, with the generous support of the Highland public, the Hospice has extended, renovated and replaced all its buildings on our riverside site in Inverness and on November 17th 2016 the first patients were welcomed to the new Highland Hospice.

What we offer

In tandem with improving our facilities we have expanded the range of services available in Inverness and across the region.  In addition to inpatient and day therapy care in Inverness we offer:

  • family and bereavement support
  • day therapy sessions in Caithness
  • education and tele-mentoring opportunities for healthcare professionals in GP practices, local hospitals, care homes and other community settings
  • direct support to patients and families through the medium of the internet
  • a voluntary befriending and support service for patients living at home
  • hospital and home visits by our specialist clinical team which includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists

Every year Highland Hospice touches the lives of over 1,000 patients and carers through our direct services and as a result of the support we provide to others who deliver palliative care in their community.

How we are funded

We are an independent local charity reliant on our community.  The region we cover has a population of over 230,000 scattered across an area the size of Belgium.  The NHS provides an annual grant but we still need additional funds of over £7,000 a day to cover the costs of delivering all our services.  We raise this money from our fundraising and retail activities which include a wide range of events for all age groups; supporting community members and companies to fundraise on our behalf; encouraging small donations and legacies from individuals; sourcing grant funding from charitable trusts and operating 12 charity shops across the region.

Your contribution of time or money - as a volunteer in the Hospice or one of our shops; organising a fundraising event; making a cash donation; offering goods to sell in our shops; or shopping with us - can make a meaningful difference to people when they need it most.

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