Specialist Palliative Care Services in Lothian

There are two specialist palliative care inpatient units.  Specialist advisory services are available for all Lothian hospitals and in the Community throughout Lothian.

Specialist palliative care telephone advice is always available.

The Palliative Care Guidelines provide information and resources on management of a wide range of palliative care problems.

Referral to a specialist palliative care service

Specialist palliative care services offer telephone advice, a single assessment visit or a period of specialist care according to need.

Specialist palliative care is available to patients in any care setting; home, hospital or care home.

Referral can be made for a patient who has any advanced, progressive or incurable illness, who has

  • complex end of life care needs.
  • uncontrolled pain or other symptoms.
  • complex physical, psychological, spiritual or family needs that cannot be met by the existing care team


Making a referral - click links below for referral information 

    Hospice inpatient units:
    Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh
    St Columba's Hospice, Edinburgh

    Community palliative care services:
    Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh: community team
    St Columba's Hospice, Edinburgh: community team
    West Lothian community palliative care team
    East Lothian community palliative care team

    Hospital palliative care teams:
    Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
    Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
    St John's Hospital, Livingston

    Palliative care day services:
    Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh: day unit
    St Columba's Hospice, Edinburgh: day hospice
    The Macmillan Centre: West Lothian

    - Pharmacy specialist services

    - Lymphoedema services

    - Paediatric Palliative Care

    Further Information

    Last Reviewed: 31/03/2014