Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

10 Things You Didn't Know About Hospice Care

Hospices are often thought of as sad places, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

There’s a warm, friendly welcome as soon as you walk through the door of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. The atmosphere is cheerful and upbeat, this is a place of wellbeing where every day we put into practice our motto: we cannot add days to lives but we can add life to days.

Hospice care is not just about end of life care - it's about improving the quality of life for those who have many more years to live. We see patients earlier in their palliative care journey and equip them with rehabilitation and self-management techniques to help them have the best quality of life possible.

Glasgow’s Hospice is a charity. It costs £5million a year to deliver our specialist free services to more than 1200 new patients and families every year. Only £1.3m of that comes from the NHS, the rest is thanks to the generosity of the public in the shape of fundraising events, money donated, goods donated that are sold in our 18 shops and online, and individuals who have left a gift in their will.

We don’t just care for individual patients, our family support team’s counsellors, chaplains, social workers, therapists, support workers and volunteers provide practical, emotional and spiritual support for families and carers.

Alongside palliative care we offer physiotherapyoccupational therapy and complementary therapy treatments to patients and family members.

The art and creative writing service offered by the hospice ensures that patients and families have the opportunity to engage in a meaningful activity that can enhance a sense of wellbeing during an anxious and difficult time in their lives.

The inpatient unit is just one of the many services offered by the hospice. Some patients are admitted for control of symptom and pain management before returning home, others for care at the end of their life. Our specialist team is on hand with help to relieve symptoms, deal with any problems such as persistent pain, tiredness or breathing difficulties.


Our team of community nurses, who delivers care and support to people in their own homes, visit patients across South Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire.


A team of more than 600 volunteers help us provide hospice services in the hospice, in our 18 shops and at fundraising events.


To access the hospice's services, GPs, district nurses and hospitals can make referrals. If you or someone you know has a life-limiting illness and can benefit from help available at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, then please call 0141 429 5599.