PATCH - Palliation and the Caring Hospital
Who we are
PATCH - Palliation and the Caring Hospital is the first charity to specifically support specialist Palliative Care for patients in Hospitals. 55% of people die in Hospital and there is nothing more reassuring than a Doctor who can talk to you about your symptoms as accurately as you can. A number of recent reports found the care of patients in hospital who were very ill or dying, to be wanting. Only a minority of patients who could benefit from quality palliative care receive it. We are all diminished unless there is urgent improvement.
PATCH was formally launched at a Civic Reception held by The Dundee Lord Provost at the City Chambers on 2nd June 2014 and in 2015 it was launched nationally at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Over the last five years, PATCH has funded projects in Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh, The Scottish Borders, Lanarkshire and Glasgow.
In collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, PATCH has established the annual Dundas Medal, awarded to the most outstanding improvement in palliative care for patients and their families in hospital. The Queen Elizabeth University Teaching Hospital Palliative Care Team in Glasgow, The Freeman Hospital palliative care and transplant team and the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital's “taste for pleasure” initiative for patients at the end of their life, have all been winners.
None of this would have been possible without the wonderful and continuing support of so many people, to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude.