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Bubble bath joy for patient

17th October 2017

 A Droitwich man has relaxed in his first bath for two years – thanks to St Richard’s Hospice.

Leslie Salmon from Droitwich, is living with bowel cancer and is currently receiving care in the In-patient Unit of the Worcestershire hospice based at Wildwood Drive, Worcester.

Mr Salmon, aged 80, enjoyed the jacuzzi bath with the help of Health Care Assistant Clarissa North.

“I’ve been able to shower but this was my first bath for a couple of years and it was just brilliant, so relaxing,” said Mr Salmon, who has been unable to have a bath due to problems with his mobility.

Mr Salmon said, “I came here to get help with acute sickness and I’ve picked up well and feel so much better. I know I can’t be cured but it’s quality of life that’s important and St Richard’s is helping me get that back.”

As well as the care and support from a range of hospice teams, Mr Salmon said he was particularly in awe of the chef and kitchen staff. As he is unable to eat solid food, the chef has been making him different flavoured consommé soups with tasters to try. Mr Salmon said he is looking forward to be eating a bacon sandwich before he leaves and heads back to his home.

HCA clarissa North with Leslie Salmon in hydrotherapy bath“The place is absolutely fantastic and everyone is so nice,” said Mrs Salmon. It’s faultless.”

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,000 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can. They care for people with a range of illnesses including heart failure, Parkinson’s, and motor neurone disease as well as cancer.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it continue its work.

 

 

 

 

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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.
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