Committed to supporting palliative care in hospitals and other settings.

PATCH is the first charity specifically to support 24/7 specialist palliative care for patients in hospital. Learn more

Skilled palliative care needs to be a core activity of all hospitals.

PATCH is dedicated to supporting hospitals to improve palliative care and ensuring patients receive high quality palliative care if needed, when they need it — 24 hours a day seven days a week.

  • Patients and families. We want patients and families to have confidence that staff will take the time to talk over what is happening and to help them and their families talk about further care.
  • Staff. We are addressing the need for more research about hospital-based palliative care, so that treatments and care can be based on solid evidence.
  • Hospitals. If symptoms and concerns are dealt with more rapidly, there will be fewer complaints about care and patients will be able to get home sooner (if they wish).

Latest news

PATCH supporting Palliative Care nursing development 

PATCH Director and Palliative Care Lead Nurse Claire O'Neill talks to nurses who have received funding from PATCH about their experiences.

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Shining a light on palliative care

PATCH was delighted to help support the palliative care education team in Greater Glasgow and Clyde by providing branded small torches for nursing staff.

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A patient is the most important person in our hospital. He is not an interruption to our work; he is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our hospital; he is part of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him; he is doing us a favour by giving us the opportunity to do so.


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