St Richard’s is supportive and engaged in national research projects around palliative and end of life care.

Rebecca Burt, Senior Programme Research Nurse, Palliative and Supportive Care talks to Pat about her husband’s involvement in one of the projects supported by the Hospice.



West Midlands Clinical Research Network

A cluster randomised trial of alternative forms of hydration in cancer patients in the last days of life (feasibility study).  The study was sponsored and coordinated by the University of Surrey. Find out more about research and its importance here

West Midlands Clinical Research Network

Interviews with staff of research-active hospices in the West Midlands, – including St Richard’s Hospice – describing the wide range of benefits from taking part in clinical research. This short film also includes the experiences of a carer whose mother took part in research whilst receiving hospice care.



Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.