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Innovation improves patient care and staff wellbeing

Taking an innovative approach to delivering community palliative care at St Richard’s Hospice is helping us to provide compassionate care to more patients and their families in need of specialist end of life care. The changes made to our community nursing services have saved the team 1,674 hours a year, almost equivalent to another full-time… Read more »

Why I became a nurse

I decided I wanted to become a nurse when I was 16. I had a job as a health care assistant in a nursing home and I felt this was my calling. I have worked for many years as a community nurse now and have recently joined the community team at St Richard’s Hospice. I… Read more »

My hospice care

Jacky Smith is 49 and living with MND. Ellie is her beloved cat. Jacky writes about her hospice care. Day hospice is my extended family, being there to comfort, console but also allow me to enjoy my time there and have a laugh with the staff, volunteers and other patients. Most are brought into hospice by… Read more »

‘Dying is a certainty for us all’

As a Chaplain I constantly reflect on the simple truth that dying is a certainty for us all.  Also that humankind has decided the sort of age at which we think it is acceptable to die, and it is a figure that gets bigger and bigger as the years roll on.  Yet I still surprise… Read more »

In celebration of nurses

      In celebration of Nurses’ day 2016 I wanted to reflect what I love about nursing and my job as Community Clinical Nurse Specialist at St Richard’s Hospice. This has proved surprisingly difficult yet effortlessly easy at the same time! I came into this job in April 1998. Wow! I can’t imagine that… Read more »

Thoughts on group support following suicide

As a Family Support Team, we receive referrals to support those whose loved one has died by suicide. I was pleased to have the opportunity to set up and help facilitate a Relatives and Friends Through Trauma Group, especially as we had discovered that there was a need for a specific support group here in… Read more »

Knitted prayer squares offer comfort

Our chaplaincy team have recently been given a number of prayer squares, knitted or crocheted by local groups and individuals.  They are made with a cross on them and the idea is that the creator prays for the recipient, even though they do not know who that person is or what their individual needs are…. Read more »

Supporting schools through bereavement

St Richard’s Hospice not only cares for patients with life-limiting illnesses, its specialist teams support bereaved families and provides training and support to other professionals that are involved with families at these difficult times. Children may find illness and death difficult to understand and come to terms with. Their awareness of what is happening within… Read more »

Thoughts on End of Life Care Report

We were pleased to read that The Royal College of Physicians biannual report on end of life care in NHS hospitals, issued this week, acknowledges that there have been improvements although it also identifies that there is still much more that needs to be done. Reading the report it feels as if the College are… Read more »

Hospice – a travellers’ inn on the way of life

Henley and Tricia Thomas live in Malvern and have been married for 54 years. Henley, 85, a former English and Drama teacher, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease ten years ago. The couple benefit from St Richard’s care and support through the Parkinson’s Clinic, Hospice at Home, Day Hospice, Carers Group, physiotherapy, complementary therapy and community… Read more »