A HOSPICE has been given top marks for its quality of care.
Cash-strapped St Margaret’s in Clydebank is the only independent hospice to have been awarded five ‘excellent’ ratings by Healthcare Improvement Scotland in its recent report.
The inspection recognised the level of care provided by the 60 bed establishment which is Scotland’s oldest and largest hospice.
It highlighted areas such as excellent staff involvement with parents, top rating in quality of care, and information for patients and relatives.
Professor Leo Martin, chairman of the board of directors, said: “The findings of Healthcare Improvement Scotland are not a surprise to anyone who has been touched by St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.
“The findings reinforce the excellent management at the Hospice and the care and dedication of all of our staff.”
The hospice, founded 62 years ago, is is run by CEO Sister Rita Dawson and faced closure after NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde considered withdrawing £1.2m from its budget - a proposal that was withdrawn in 2009.
St Margaret’s was visited by the Queen and Prince Philip during their Diamond Jubilee tour of Britain last summer.
It has 30 for frail adults with complex needs and 30 palliative care beds.
Susan Brimelow, who oversaw the inspection, said: “We found that people who used St Margaret of Scotland Hospice were very complimentary about the service and were encouraged to raise issues so that staff could make improvements.
“Staff were motivated and spoke with pride and passion about their work, and the hospice was very pleasant, comfortable and well maintained both inside and out.
“This inspection resulted in no requirements or recommendations. We will continue to inspect St Margaret of Scotland Hospice to ensure that it maintains this high standard of care.”
Professor Leo Martin, chairman of the hospice’s board of directors, said the report was “not a surprise to anyone who has been touched by St Margaret’s.
“The findings reinforce the excellent management at the hospice and the care and dedication of all of our staff.”
The hospice has had a difficult path in the last few years due to the threatened removal of the NHS Continuing Care beds.
Funding of the hospice is still being considered by the Petitions Committee at the Scottish Parliament.
Jean Anne Mitchell, who has campaigned to secure the hospice’s future, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to read that the hospice has had such an excellent report although I am in no way surprised because of my own personal and family experience of the hospice.
“I am continuing with my petition as I believe that a comparison of funding shows that St Margaret of Scotland Hospice receives substantially less funding than the sector average.
“This needs to be addressed and despite the lack of funding, through the dedication of the board, the staff, supporters and volunteers, the hospice continues to perform at the highest possible level.”
The plight of the hospice has attracted a large number of celebrity supporter including the Celtic FC manager Neil Lennon and actor/comedian Johnny Beattie and other stars of the BBC’s Scottish soap opera, River City.