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Medical Director Dr. Nicky Wilderspin

After general hospital medical training Nicky initially pursued a career in international public health and clinical research, spending 5 years in Malawi, central Africa. Here she helped to establish community services for patients with tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. This was where she learnt the value of a palliative care approach, saw how this could significantly improve quality of life and reduce the stigma and isolation related to HIV/AIDS.

On return to the UK, Nicky trained as a specialist in palliative medicine and was appointed as a consultant based at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in 2007. She was involved in developing the hospital palliative care team and working with colleagues to improve the choices and support available to people with palliative care needs across the county. She was appointed as St Richard’s Medical Director in 2012. She enjoys research and teaching and has trained as a facilitator for nationally accredited advanced communication skills training courses for senior health professionals.

medicaldirector@strichards.org.uk

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: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • 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.