About Strathcarron Hospice

Violet - Nurse at Strathcarron HospiceStrathcarron Hospice provides care for people with life limiting illnesses. Our palliative care team helps hundreds of people each year in our Hospice, in the local community, in hospitals and in other care settings. At Strathcarron we have bright and spacious accommodation that can care for 24 people in our In-Patient unit in a mix of single rooms or 4 and 5 bedded wards. Families can also stay overnight if required and there are comfortable day rooms with views out to the countryside and to the gardens. Click here to take a Virtual Tour of Strathcarron. Our Services include:

•Specialist Home Care Nursing
Day Hospice
•24 bed In•Patient Unit
Family Support Service including bereavement counselling
Chaplaincy Service
Lymphoedema Specialist Clinic
Complementary Therapy Service
Education Department with courses for health and social care workers
•Specialist advice for Hospital Palliative Care teams
•Telephone Advice Service

Our Approach

Death is a natural part of life. Our philosophy is about living until you die. We can help people do this by working with them to relieve pain and symptoms, to be creative and to achieve what is possible: for example going home from the hospice, attending a special celebration or event, and spending time with those who are closest. We realise that it is difficult to talk about death. It's difficult for our patients, for their friends and family - that's why we're here. We provide care and choice for people with life limiting conditions, and we support those close to them.

The Team

Irene McKie - Director Strathcarron HospiceIrene McKie is the Director in charge of the day-to-day running of the Hospice together with her management team and staff. The Hospice requires a large team to provide the high levels of service expected by our patients. This means that nurses and other staff can take time to spend with patients and relatives whenever this is needed, whether simply chatting or providing more specialised emotional support. The team extends beyond the medical needs of our patients into the social, spiritual and psychological support needed by patients and families at such an important time in their lives. We also have all the administration, catering and service staff to keep Strathcarron running smoothly. Our Education team helps to share knowledge with other institutions, medical students and those involved in research into palliative care. The team at Strathcarron includes:

•Doctors •Catering Staff
•Nurses •Admin & Secretarial Staff
•Pharmacist •Maintenance Staff
•Occupational Therapists •Volunteers
•Physiotherapist •Education & Research Staff
•Complementary Therapists •Clinical Effectiveness Staff
•Chaplains •Housekeepers
•Social Workers •Fundraisers
•Bereavement Support Workers •Management
•Specialist Lymphoedema Staff  

Catchment Area

Patients come to us at Denny, near Stirling, from a wide area and our Nurses make thousands of home visits across the Central Region of Scotland. This includes the NHS Forth Valley area and into Cumbernauld and Kilsyth in NHS Lanarkshire, covering almost 1/3rd of a million people. If you're not sure whether our services are available to you where you live, please call us on 01324 826222. Click to see a Map showing our location.

How we are Funded

Providing our services costs over 4.6m a year. Nearly half of this cost is covered by the NHS in Scotland but we still need to raise around £50,000 a week. This comes from the public in a number of ways:

-through donations large and small
-left to us in their Will when someone dies
-raised at charity events staged by us or the public
-via corporate sponsorship and donations
-through sales at out Shops and online
-income from our Monthly Lottery
-membership of our Silver Patrons scheme
-and funds raised by Friends of Strathcarron Hospice

NewsletterStrathcarron Hospice brochureIf you can help to raise funds for example through donations, buying your Christmas Cards from us or taking part in an event then you will be helping us to provide a vital local service to the people of Central Scotland.
To learn about past and future events download our newsletter.
To learn more about Strathcarron Hospice download our brochure.


We are an independent charity run by a Board of Management and regulated by the Care Commission, that inspects the hospice regularly to ensure we are practicing in accordance with their standards of care. You can see a copy of their latest inspection report at Hospice Reception or download the Care Commission's most recent report (pdf). For information on our funding and costs please see the official website for the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Our Report and Accounts are available on request.

Jobs & Volunteering

Nurse at Strathcarron HospiceStrathcarron relies on a mix of staff and volunteers to provide a wide range of services. Without volunteers we would be unable to give the care needed without significant increases in funding. Volunteers help with everything from making tea to answering phones, admin support, helping in the shops, gardening, driving, repairs, typing or just spending time chatting with patients. Click here to find out how you can become a volunteer.

A job at Strathcarron is so much more than a typical 'job'. It is a chance to have a real impact on the quality of life of our patients and relatives. Whether you are cooking meals for patients, providing medication to relieve pain, giving financial advice, talking to relatives at reception, or keeping the wards spotless, you need the same motivation - to help our patients 'live' to the end of their lives. Click here to see our current job vacancies.