On 21st April 1981 Strathcarron Hospice opened its doors to admit our first patient. The idea of a hospice and its planning started back in 1975 when Dr Harold Lyon met with a few friends to consider whether their vision of a hospice was achievable.

They identified a number of principles that still hold true: good symptom control; good communication and openness between the patient, family and staff; reassurance to reduce fear and anxiety; spiritual help and an environment that is homely, friendly and relaxed.

The Hospice house was purchased in 1978 for £55,000 and a further £247,000 was spent converting the original building to accommodate 12 patients, all funded by donations. From opening in a converted dining room and billiard room, over the years the Hospice has expanded to include a purpose built 24 bedded Inpatient unit. In its first year Strathcarron Hospice spent £79,776 and looked after 40-50 patients across all its services: today we spend over £6 million and look after nearly 1,200 patients.