History

Willow Burn Hospice opened in 1989 as a result of two remarkable women, Irene Mortimer and Valerie Davison. With the support of the Secretary of State and funding from Macmillan, Irene and Valerie set up Day Hospice Care and the rest is history.  

The Willow Burn Day Hospice service was expanded in 1991 to include in-patient services and in 2014, we opened Phase 1 of our new building project, thanks to funding from Sir Tom Cowie. That brings us to present day, and following a very generous donation from Helen McArdle CBE, we have opened our new six-bed hospice which is home to:

  • Luxury in-patient accommodation  
  • Day Services 
  • Overnight family room 
  • Family Support and Bereavement Service 
  • Child Bereavement Support Services 
  • Innovative Health and Wellbeing Services 
  • The Willows Community Café 

Patient’s comfort and care is very important to us, which is why the new Willow Burn Hospice has been designed with patient experience in mind. Each of the six ensuite bedrooms are well-equipped for all of your needs, as well as being beautifully appointed to ensure rest and relaxation.  Each room has its own private balcony and the portable beds can be moved to the balcony upon request.  Patients also have access to a large luxurious spa bathroom equipped with a hydrotherapy bath, television and music, everything you might need for a relaxing soak in the bath. 

The Helen McArdle Wing and newly refurbished Sir Tom Cowie Centre offer a holistic approach to end of life care.

Helen McArdle Wing Sir Tom Cowie Centre Family Support & Bereavement Services

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