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Oban Hospice
About Us

About Ourselves

Background and Development

The late Betty Dunlop, a retired nurse, encouraged by a few years of public discussion in the late 90’s, proposed a formal arrangement for Palliative care in the Lorn and Oban area; the setting up of our own hospice. A Public meeting was convened, extremely well attended, and resulted in the formation of Oban Hospice Limited, a Charity and company limited by Guarantee.

Prior to this movement, palliative care was being provided in the McKelvie Hospital, a small Victorian era cottage hospital in Oban, when, in the late 1980’s the male ward was converted into a two bedded dedicated palliative care unit with Sister Maureen Munroe in charge. This arrangement worked exceptionally well and was both appreciated and popular with patients, relatives and cares. For the next five years occupancy rates were high and there was hope that this excellent local arrangement would move to the new hospital, The Lorn and Islands District General Hospital, when it opened, and the McKelvie closed in 2000. Initially two beds were allocated in the Nelson Ward (Ward D) of the new hospital but were not reserved or developed for palliative care and were not formally transferred when Ward D shut in April 2002.

Following the formation of Oban Hospice Limited a group of local enthusiasts formed The Friend of Oban Hospice, a separate independent charity, to spread knowledge of the hospice and to raise funds. Thanks to their admirable efforts, and the generosity of the public, considerable funds have been raised.

Agreement was reached initially with NHS Argyll and Clyde and later with NHS Highland for Oban Hospice Ltd to set and run a Day Hospice one day a week. This was successfully opened in 2006 within the Lorn & Islands Hospital and continues today under the care of a nurse, a health care/occupational therapy assistant and a very willing body of volunteers. It is very much appreciated by the patients and their carers and continues to this day.

Our future aims are to be found under Our Objectives

Inpatient Care

Alternative partnership options have been investigated over the years to provide a two bedded facility with all the extra support space to allow for quality holistic care for patients and relatives. Co-operation with a local Nursing Home is still under consideration.


This is not presently under consideration but will follow once an Inpatient facility is underway.

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