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Our History

For more than 30 years, St. Vincent’s Hospice has been providing specialist care to people and families who are affected by life limiting conditions in Renfrewshire and beyond.

Our story began in 1983, when members of the St. Vincent De Paul Society identified the need to care for people with terminal illnesses in the local area. This marked the beginning of a five-year campaign: The St. Vincent’s Hospice Project.

Thanks to their tireless efforts, in 1987 they were able to purchase a house and after a year of renovation, we opened our doors to patients on the 25th of January 1988 at North Road in Johnstone.

Since then, we have continued to go from strength to strength, expanding our services and treating more patients than ever before. Below, you can find our timeline of some of the biggest milestones for St. Vincent’s Hospice.

We received approval from Renfrewshire Council to construct a new public footpath to open up the countryside and improve access to our Hospice.

Public Footpath


Our Day Hospice introduced a Wellbeing Group for patients, combining exercise and education

Wellbeing Group


After countless hours of hard work, support and effort from John New Landscaping, our new Community Garden Opens to the public.

Community Garden Opening


Refurbishment works began on our bathrooms and windows thanks to extremely generous trust funding and support from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


Our specialist Children and Young person service launches to help cope with loss and bereavement – our Courageous Cubs and Lion Hearts.


HRH Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, visited St. Vincent’s, meeting with staff and patients on an official tour of our Hospice.

HRH Prince Edwards visit


We celebrated 25 years of delivering palliative and end of life care.


On our 21st anniversary, The Provost of Renfrewshire Council threw a Civic Reception to celebrate. This marked the unveiling of our brand new logo.

Civic Reception


Nicola Sturgeon MSP visited our Hospice to get a first-hand look at some of our fantastic developments for Renfrewshire.


Funding from the Souter Trust allowed us to deliver a Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist service for our patients throughout the community.


Our Patient and Family Support Team launches to help more people across Renfrewshire.


Millennium year; thanks to Lottery funding, we opened a new purpose built eight-bedded unit for our patients.


We officially became a registered charity.


Our new Hospice is officially opened by the Duchess of Norfolk.


Day Hospice starts its services to meet the needs of the local community in Renfrewshire and Community Nursing starts in the local area to help patients stay in their own homes whilst dealing with life limiting illnesses.


The Hospice is relocated to Howwood to a completely renovated building to meet the growing demands for palliative and end of life care in the community.

New Hospice in Howwood


We opened our doors to patients for the first time in our original building on North Road in Johnstone.

Original Building in Johnstone


The St. Vincent De Paul Society identified the need to care for people with life limiting conditions in the local area and began a five year fundraising campaign.