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St. Vincent’s Hospice Inpatient Unit Reopening Monday 29 June

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Following the onset of the Coronavirus crisis in March 2020, St. Vincent’s Hospice (SVH) in Howwood and ACCORD Hospice in Paisley, agreed to work together for the good of palliative care patients across Renfrewshire. As part of that plan, inpatient beds were consolidated on the ACCORD site, supported by medical nursing, housekeeping and catering staff from both hospices working together,   while SVH Community Services continued to be based in Howwood.


Now that Scotland is moving into Phase 2 of easing coronavirus restrictions, and the NHS is beginning to implement its recovery plans, we believe that the time is right to begin a phased re-opening of the Inpatient Unit at SVH. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we will begin admitting patients again from Monday 29th June. As with all healthcare facilities at the moment, we will be operating a restricted visitor policy to the inpatient unit. Patients and their families will be given full details of this prior to their admission.


SVH Community Services, including our Nurse Specialists, Medical Outpatients, Day Services, and Bereavement Counselling for adults and children/young people, continue to be provided by a mixture of remote consultations and, where appropriate, on a face to face basis. We have continued to accept referrals for all services throughout the last 3 months, and so would simply ask our local healthcare professionals to continue referring to us in the normal manner.


Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues at ACCORD Hospice who made our staff feel very welcome during this period of joint working. We would also like to extend our thanks to all our patients, their families and our local health and social care colleagues, for their patience and understanding during this period of change. We are delighted that we will once again be able to offer you our full range of services from our base here in Howwood.

St. Vincent’s Hospice Inpatient Unit Reopening Monday 29 June