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Hospice care is extended to the whole family

A life threatening illness can be incredibly difficult to cope with, especially for the family. St Richard’s Hospice understands that the emotional impact extends beyond the individual and so also offers care and support to the whole family. St Richard’s social workers and counsellors support patients and their loved ones to come to terms with… Read more »

Spiritual support offers strength and reassurance

It may not surprise you that, as part of its holistic approach to care, St Richard’s Hospice offers patients and their loved ones spiritual care as well as physical, emotional and social support. But you may be surprised to find out how integrated the hospice’s chaplaincy service is with pastoral care within the community and… Read more »

‘The patient is the focus of all we do’

As one of the St Richard’s Hospice Nurse Specialist team I have around 30 patients on my caseload at any one time whom I see mainly in their own homes. There is no ‘average week.’ Patients and all affected by their journey in ill health have changing needs so hour by hour my priorities may… Read more »

Community Volunteers lend a hand

Volunteers are a vital part of St Richard’s Hospice’s service and help to support patients and their families in every department of the hospice, but offer particular reassurance when patients are at home. As part of the hospice’s ethos of holistic care, we recognise that those who have a life-threatening illness, and those that care… Read more »

Innovative new way of working with bereaved families

We have seen a big increase in the number of bereaved adults and children needing support after a loved one dies which has prompted us to introduce an innovative new way of working at St Richard’s Hospice. In order to cope with demand, the hospice Family Support Team is now integrating some support groups which… Read more »

A week in the life of the Education Team

Hospice at Home HCA and patient

Here at St Richard’s Hospice, we believe that high quality, individualised end of life care should be the norm for all patients with life threatening illnesses. As we care for patients and their loved ones during their illness and after their death, we continually challenge and review the care we provide to ensure that people… Read more »

You matter to the last moment of your life

There is considerable national debate about how patients and their loved ones want care to be provided with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect – no more so than at the end of life. At Worcestershire’s St Richard’s Hospice these values are well established and reflected in everything they do, says Care Director June Patel. “Our… Read more »

Hospice chaplain ordained as Interfaith Minister

Sheila Simmonds, one of the longest-serving volunteer members of the St Richard’s Hospice chaplaincy team, has been ordained as an Interfaith Minister. For Sheila, who co-ordinates chaplaincy support on the In-patient Unit at the Wildwood Drive hospice, this is the culmination of two years of training at the London-based Interfaith Seminary.  Sheila, now Revd Sheila… Read more »

Hospice care is founded on compassionate people

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Its great reputation for providing high quality, compassionate care is due to the dedication, skills and experience of all those work for the charity, both paid and unpaid. The hospice has seen sustained growth… Read more »

Why supporting a charity is good for business

St Richard’s Hospice is proud to be working in partnership with many local companies and values their continuing support. An association with the respected local charity helps businesses to achieve corporate social responsibility objectives and offers opportunities to entertain clients, motivate employees, engage with suppliers and attract new customers. Many local businesses, from independent family… Read more »