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I am proud to be a nurse

June Patel, Care Director writes: I am so proud to be a nurse. Nursing is a caring, skilled and evidenced-based profession that provides care in so many different settings and makes a difference to the lives of patients and their loved ones in a multitude of ways. Nursing care at St Richard’s Hospice is also… Read more »

Whose death is it anyway?

David Knight, Chaplain

A thought for Dying Matters week (May 17th – 23rd) There are many people with very strong views on what makes for a good death. Much of it boils down to being a description of what they themselves would hope for. Perhaps a good death involves being surrounded by friends and family, or, alternatively, to… Read more »

Complementary Therapy, by Paul Brockbank, Day Hospice patient

Paul Brockbank receives complementary therapy

My Wednesday treat this week was a one hour aromatherapy massage, wonderful.  I have really benefited form six sessions of massage. It is relaxing and gives me pain relief across my back and shoulders.  I get two nights deep sleep after these treatment sessions, all thanks to the wonderful team at the hospice. Thank you… Read more »

Bereaved children store treasured memories

St Richard’s Hospice understands that a life-threatening illness can cause enormous changes within a family and that children have very specific needs to help them through the bereavement process. Children can have difficulty understanding what has happened to their loved one and that the dead person cannot come back. This can be challenging for parents… Read more »

How hospice helped our family

Coming to terms with a terminal diagnosis can be an incredibly difficult thing to do, especially when you have a family. When Alison Holmes died from breast cancer she left behind her 13-year old daughter, 16-year old son and husband who were completely lost without her. But staff at St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester stepped… Read more »

“STAFF WERE SO SUPPORTIVE”

Paula Hancock shares her experience of St Richard’s and their care of her mum My mum Noreen Hancock  was diagnosed with bowel cancer in early January 2011 when she was 56.  She was transferred to Worcester Royal where she had surgery to remove the tumour.  Mum started to receive chemotherapy treatment, but by the spring… Read more »

WE CAN CHANGE THE LAST TABOO – DYING MATTERS WEEK

Dying Matters ( A speech written for the Dying Matters Awareness conference in Evesham May 9, 2013) My name is Louise and I am a patient at St Richard’s. I have lived with my very unusual smooth muscle wasting diseases for many years and they have resulted in me having bladder and bowel failure. I… Read more »

Call for hospices to relieve pressure on hospitals

THE head of a Worcester charity has backed calls for hospices to play a greater role in helping so-called bed blockers leave hospital while getting the care they need. Chief executive of Worcester-based St Richard’s Hospice Mark Jackson has thrown his support behind a proposal which would see hospice workers working alongside hospital staff to… Read more »