STAFF and patients at the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice got a special visit from the First Minister last week.

Nicola Sturgeon, whose constituency is Glasgow Southside, visited the hospice on Carlton Place for an informal chat and tour of the townhouses that have been home to the healthcare facility for the past 32 years.

Hospice chief executive Rhona Baillie and her senior clinical team chatted about the models of care that are currently being delivered, in keeping with Stronger Scotland, the Scottish Government’s Programme for Scotland 2015–16.

The care team, patients and families where thrilled when the First Minister visited the wards.

Patient Bill Kerr told Nicola: “There is no better place for me to be right now and the care and attention is marvellous 24/7 – the staff are fantastic. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I have had the opportunity to tell you first hand.”

The organisation is fundraising to build a new hospice on a leafy, green site in Bellahouston Park, donated by Glasgow City Council.

So far, £15 million has been raised with £6 million to go to reach the target of £21million. The new hospice will be built to a bespoke design with large communal areas, private bedrooms with kitchen facilities for patients and lush outdoor gardens.