29th Sept 2018: Field Visit to St. Columba’s Hospice on Edinburgh Doors Open Day by Danuta Orlowska

Come along to St Columba’s Hospice (15 Boswall Road, EH5 3RW) for 11 am to visit the open day where we will find out about the hospice, discuss and think about the questions Danuta has for us…


St Columbas Hospice
St Columbas Hospice

Open between 11.00 and 16.00 on Saturday 29 September 2018, this is an opportunity to come and meet staff and volunteers at St. Columba’s Hospice and find out more about the work we do.
Danuta Orlowska, one of the Lecturers in Palliative Care from the Hospice, now extends an invitation to visit on Doors Open Day after she did a talk at Ragged University previously.
Taking part in Edinburgh Doors Open Day is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a city-wide event in which we welcome members of the public into St. Columba’s Hospice to find out about what we do. The atmosphere will be very informal with refreshments available and a variety of musical interludes during the day.
Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and tell you about their roles and you can also meet some of our Therapets! Come along at a time to suit you between 11.00 and 16.00. You will be able to visit the historic Challenger Lodge (our administration building) as well as Day Therapies and other outpatient areas all in our beautiful setting overlooking the Firth of Forth. [Inpatient areas will not be accessible.] We will be gathering feedback and we are interested in what people think having visited. Do come along!
A few questions for you to think about:

  • What do you think a hospice offers patients and their families? (please think about this before your visit)
  • What did you learn about the work of St Columba’s Hospice?
  • Anything which surprised you? If so, what.
  • To what extent are we able to talk about death and grief in contemporary Scottish society?

There will be free refreshments (tea/coffee/water/juice and cakes) in the Murray Room and a few places indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) where you are welcome to sit and chat. You could also buy some lunch (sandwich/toastie/soup) from our Iona café. Afterwards why not visit other buildings on the Edinburgh Doors Open Day list or take a walk along the sea wall.

Address: St. Columba’s Hospice, 15 Boswall Road, EH5 3RW

Wheelchair access. Lothian Bus: 8, 14, 16 & 23. Car park. Cycle rack.


A few paragraphs on your subject:

St Columba’s Hospice provides specialist care and support to people with terminal conditions across Edinburgh and the Lothians. People who can benefit from the Hospice’s support may have a range of illnesses including cancer, motor neurone disease, respiratory illness and many more.
The Hospice provides support, equipment, sessions through day therapies or appointments in the outpatient service to those who are newly diagnosed, right through to the end of the person’s life. Care is provided by a team of staff including doctors, nurses, counsellors, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, complementary therapists and more.
The Hospice helps people by looking after their physical, psychological, social, spiritual and emotional needs; as well as supporting families and loved ones too. The Hospice has 30 beds on the inpatient unit, plus a dedicated space for day therapies, an outpatient area, a café, a hairdressing salon, a therapies gym, family lounges, accessible bathrooms, complementary therapy rooms, an arts and crafts room, and more.
Care is also provided in people in their own homes, and people supported in the community have access to all of the specialists including nurses, counsellors, chaplains, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. All the Hospice’s services are provided free of charge. The Hospice is a registered charity and most of the money the Hospice needs to run, comes from fundraising.
As well as providing care, the Hospice is committed to educating people working in health and social care about palliative care, and to research that can improve the care and service people receive.

A few paragraphs about you:

Danuta Orlowska, Lecturer in Palliative Care at St. Columba’s Hospice. My role includes teaching on a number of courses which we run in partnership with Queen Margaret University and involvement in outreach activities. I will be there on Doors Open Day until about 13.00 and will drop into meet visitors from the Ragged University (but I regret I will be unable to be with you during your entire visit).

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