Chief Executive’s Update – December 2016

4 December, 2016

The last time I updated you all I was highlighting the Scottish sunshine and now here we are well into the winter period and already experiencing a cold snap and a sprinkling of snow.

The Healthcare Strategy consultation closed on the 1st of November and I hope you had the opportunity to get involved by giving your personal response. The Clinical Governance Group submitted personal responses to the strategy as residents of South Lanarkshire and also on behalf of Kilbryde Hospice.

Our on-going objectives were included in our responses to the strategy highlighting that the integration of health and social care was introduced to change how care is delivered depending on the local need which is vital for finding new ways of organising care and support for people locally. Fundamental to any commissioning plan for end of life care should be a local strategy, jointly developed with local people and key partners such as Kilbryde Hospice setting out vision for end of life care whether in Kilbryde Hospice in-patient unit or in people’s own home or homely environment.

Kilbryde Hospice has openly and transparently communicated its commitment to partner all organisations to the benefit of the Health and Social Care partnership within South Lanarkshire. The hospice’s passion to provide a service that has the person as its focus and the correct team member around them. In the last few months our Directors and Kilbryde Hospice Senior Management Team have met with lead officers from NHSL, South Lanarkshire Integrated Joint Board, MP’s and MSP’s along with St Andrew’s Hospice to continue discussions around palliative care in Lanarkshire. In keeping with the desire to integrate services in South Lanarkshire, Kilbryde Hospice aims to access, equity and consistency of care delivered to people and their families with a life-limiting illness locally. I also have been taking the time to meet with volunteers and held a successful drop in day in August to allow volunteers to raise their concerns if they had any. I was so pleased to hear some really  positive and constructive views about Kilbryde Hospice.

Ministerial Visit 

On Friday 16 September Lady Susan Haughey DL and Kilbryde Hospice Chairman, Dennis Gallagher, welcomed Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon to officially open Kilbryde Hospice. This was a wonderful event which I am delighted to say went without fault. My thanks to all our staff, volunteers, patients, carers and service users for pulling out all the stops and assisting with getting the hospice looking exceptional for the visit. I have written to the First Minister to thank her for giving all of our patients and their carers the opportunity to speak with her and the compassion shown when doing this.

New Town Centre Shop

I am delighted to announce that we have eventually found a new home for our shop 1 at East Kilbride Town Centre. I personally would like to recognise the efforts of our Retail Manager, Assistant Managers and a dedicated volunteer team for all their hard work. They worked tirelessly, whilst still running our other retail outlets, to get the new shop open within 3 weeks. A special thanks to Brian Haughey and the CBES team for providing the shop fitting team that carried out all the construction and remedial works needed to get the shop to the standard it is. This was kindly donated by Lady Susan Haughey.

Please remember we still need volunteers to help within all our retail outlets. Retail generates a substantial income towards the hospice to support our clinical services.

Hospice AGM

On Friday 25 November the Board of Directors held the Kilbryde Hospice AGM. The Directors report and financial statement for year end 31 March 2016 was delivered. Our company auditors presented our financial statement of accounts which give a true and fair view of the state of the Kilbryde Hospice’s affairs as at 31 March 2016 and of our incoming resources and application of resources, including our income and expenditure, for the year. During the AGM Dennis Gallagher was re-appointed as Chair of the Board with myself appointed as Vice Chair. I have listed the elected Directors for the financial year 2016 / 17.
Mr Dennis Gallagher (Chair)
Mr Gordon McHugh (Vice Chair)
Dr John Richards (Secretary)
Mr Ian Stewart (Treasurer)
Lady Susan Haughey CBE DL
Mr Brian Sweeney
Mr Adam Ingram
Mrs Gretta McGuinness
Dr Hosney Yosef
Mrs Christine Sherry
Mr Joe Lowe
Mr Michael Graham


I would like to welcome to the Clinical Team Sine MacDonald who has taken up the post of Care at Home Specialist Nurse. I would also like to welcome Liz Smith who has joined the Fundraising Team as Community Fundraiser. I know you will all join me in making them feel right at home.


As always I welcome comments via my e-mail address at

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