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In-Patient Unit

Our In-Patient Unit offers a comfortable, private space for our patients to receive the treatment they need while still being able to spend time with families and loved ones.

People are admitted to our In-Patient Unit for a variety of reasons; this may be for pain and symptom management, rehabilitation or to stay for a short period of respite. Individuals are also admitted to our ward during the final stages of their illness and for end of life care.

Care is delivered by our multi-disciplinary team, made up of a Consultant in Palliative Medicine and other Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Patient and Family Support team and a Spiritual Care Advisor. When admitted to the In-Patient Unit, all patients have a full nursing and medical assessment to allow an appropriate plan of care to be made and agreed upon.

Before admission, patients and their families are welcome to visit the Hospice and find out more about the range of care and services we have available. Visiting hours are generally open, however we do operate protected mealtimes.

There is no smoking allowed within the Hospice buildings. However, there is a smoking shelter for patients outside Reception, with an alternative area for visitors beside the car park.

Protected Meal Times

Breakfast:   8.15am – 9am
Lunch:   12noon – 1pm
Dinner:   5pm – 6pm

Visiting may be arranged during these times, if appropriate, by speaking with the nurse in charge.

What is the Referral Criteria?

We will consider all admissions to the In-patient Unit for those with life limiting illnesses in Renfrewshire and surrounding areas. Patients can be referred to St. Vincent’s Hospice by their GP, Hospital Consultant, Specialist Nurses and Community Nurses.

What is the Procedure?

Referrals may be made via SCI-Gateway or using referral forms where this facility is not available. Referral forms can be obtained by contacting Clinical Administration on 01505 705 635 or by emailing

The form should be posted to:
Clinical Administration, St. Vincent’s Hospice, Midton Road, Howwood, PA9 1AF or emailed to, outlining the main issues with copies of any relevant letters included.

Urgent referrals can also be made by telephone with the documents being sent at a later date.

It is important to provide as much information as possible at the time of referral to avoid delays in responding to a patient’s needs.

Please note that at busy periods, there may be a waiting list for admissions.

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