Inverclyde hospice the focus of MSP visit


Ardgowan Hospice in Inverclyde was the focus of a visit by MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee today (Monday 21 September).

The visit by Committee Convener Duncan McNeil MSP and Committee members Malcolm Chisholm MSP and Dennis Robertson MSP was to inform the Committee’s current inquiry into the provision and availability of palliative and end of life care in Scotland. 

The visit was an opportunity for the Committee to meet with staff, volunteers and patients and to see the support that is provided at the hospice through their day care centre.   

Convener of the Committee Duncan McNeil MSP said: 

“The care that is provided for at Ardgowan clearly makes such a positive difference to people in Inverclyde and their families. 

“The inquiry we are undertaking is all about finding out about people’s experiences of palliative and end of life care and about making sure everyone that needs access to high quality palliative care receives it. 

“For the Committee to see this in action today is invaluable and will lead to a real understanding of how these high standards of care can be replicated across Scotland.” 

Anne Mills, Chief Executive Officer at Ardgowan Hospice said: 

“I am delighted to welcome MSPs Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr Dennis Robertson and Mr Malcolm Chisholm to Ardgowan Hospice. 

“Our joint response with colleagues in the HSCP and Inverclyde Royal Hospital to the Health and Sport Committee Inquiry into Palliative Care clearly demonstrates our ambition to realise an assets based approach to get it right for the people of Inverclyde. It is indeed the hallmark of a mature and humane society that pulls together to serve people when they are at their most vulnerable and as our guests hear stories from our patients and families, I am sure that this will shine through.”

Anne added: 

“Research confirms that the philosophy and innovation developed within hospice care, has the ability to support wider Public Health and Care systems, our commitment to demonstrating that Ardgowan Hospice care really makes a difference to the quality of people’s experiences is being taken forward through our new Improvement and Informatics Hub.”

The visit was also an opportunity for the Committee to speak to staff at the Hospice about proposals in legislation that the Committee is also scrutinising on the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc, and Care) (Scotland) Bill.  

This legislation introduces measures that if passed will create a legal requirement for health and social care organisations to inform people when they have been harmed as a result of the care or treatment they have received. The proposals would also establish a new criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect of adults which would apply to individual health and social care workers, managers and supervisors. 


The Committee launched its inquiry into the provision of palliative care in July 2015 and recently more information on the scrutiny of the Health Scotland Bill can be found here

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