About us - What is PATCH?
Patch is the first charity specifically to support 24/7 specialist palliative care for patients in Scottish hospitals. We will do this by funding hospitals to provide resources such as dedicated beds, staff, advisory services and research.
Most hospitals have access to specialist palliative care for only 25% of the week, namely Monday to Friday 9am–5pm.
It is not, at present, obligatory for hospitals to have specialist palliative care available on site 24/7. 
Imagine how much better patient care would be if all patients had skilled, specialist palliative care available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. That’s what we aim to do.
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.
Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri MD FRSE FRCS
Director of Digital Services
Dr Gordon Paterson OBE FRCPEdin
Dr Pamela Levack FRCP
Mrs Trudy McLeay MSc DCRR