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Oban Hospice
Our Services

Our Services

We currently offer or contribute to the following services:

  1. Drop-In Centre Services
  2. Community Services
  3. Hospital Beds

Drop-in Centre Services

The Dove Centre is a drop-in centre at 24 Stevenson Street, Oban. It is similar to Maggie’s Centres. We support people with cancer at all stages of their journey. People with other life limiting illness are also welcome. Therapies, group sessions and one to one support are available for everyone affected by the illness, including families and carers. You are most welcome to drop in at any time, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm for a coffee and chat. Or get in touch on: 01631 561 315.

We offer:

• Practical Support & Information
• Emotional Support
• Access to community services
• Access to Advocacy
• Alternative Therapies
• Group activities
• Family Support
• Specialist massage for people with cancer
• Bereavement support

Our timetable currently looks like this (subject to change):

Mon, 1030am - 3pm, Reiki with Paula Roberts; 1pm- 6pm, counselling sessions with Cath Cakebread.

Tue, 1030am-3pm, massage, reflexology and Indian head massage with Elaine Bissett
Wed, 930am-3pm, specialist massage with Rie Emmers; 1pm-3pm, MacMillan Nurse information session.

Thu, 1030am-1230pm, coffee morning; 11am-2pm, occupational therapist, Lindsay Davies, offers advice on self-management, mindfulness and relaxation; 1pm-2pm, Women’s Knit and Natter Group; 12pm-2.30pm (every second week), Swedish massage with Lynn Imrie.

Fri, 1030am-1230pm, Men’s Support Group (join us for delicious bacon rolls); 1pm-4pm, facials and make-up with Liz Clark.

In addition, we offer life coaching or well-being coaching as well as benefits advice by appointment.

Oban Hospice Community Services


We are based at the Carers Centre and continually grow at a steady rate with 25 new referrals in 2016, including supporting 8 people until their deaths. Every person that we support is experiencing difficulties in their own way, with their own diagnosis, and we work holistically to support each person in an individual and unique way.  We constantly review each case as physical and emotional needs change. Oban Hospice Community Services offer an invaluable service to those with a life limiting and terminal diagnosis. We give information, advice, counselling and support in the avoidance of harm to a wide range of people in the community. Our work is carried out in partnership with other agencies and professionals.

We are currently supporting 28 people with a diagnosis each in an individual way.

We support 11 family members to support and maintain relations within a family setting.

What we do

Community Services provide continued support to individuals and their carers.

We work collaboratively with other services in the area including Marie Curie, MacMillan, Social Work and health professionals. Community Services have referred onto and worked with the Move Well exercise programme with MacMillan. We visit the Day Hospice regularly to share information and attend the Chemotherapy ward monthly get together and take referrals from them.

We deliver mindfulness sessions and long term condition management sessions to help people live well with their diagnosis.

An example

We will visit someone at home after a referral is made to us. From this home visit we will assess individual emotional, social and practical needs, treating each person in a centred way to see how we can best address their needs, putting a care plan into place. We look to see if there are carers involved, who they are and the dynamics of the caring situation at home. We help to maintain and improve relationships within families by working with everyone involved in the care of the person using Oban Hospice Community Services, being aware of the different needs of people depending on their age and ability. We can organise specialist therapies for those with a diagnosis and their carers. We make referrals to Social Work, Occupational Health and physio. We contact the day hospice, other community groups if appropriate and can refer on for financial assessment, making sure finances are maximised to enhance quality of life. Everything put in place will be needs led and each person registered with Oban Hospice Community Services will be informed about the day hospice and asked if they would like to attend.

Hospital beds and relatives room

Oban Hospice has provided funds for upgrading two hospital beds locally and the use of a room for relatives.

These side rooms have been fitted out to a high standard, including audiovisual equipment and internet condition and are used primarily, to care for people with long term or end of life conditions.

We have received a number of very positive comments about the relatives’ room being available for family members who may have travelled some distances and who wish to be near to their loved ones at important times, whilst they are in hospital.

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