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Tips for looking after yourself

Many of our care and support services have gone virtual  for the moment – with support given  by video calls, over the phone, at virtual clinics etc.  We thought you might also find these top tips helpful during such unprecedented times. In these uncertain and stressful times we know that our mental health needs extra… Read more »

Social Work support helps understanding

Our fantastic Family Support Team help a number of people with autistic spectrum conditions, learning disabilites and other conditions. They’re now using a piece of software called Widgit which allows them to build social stories, communication aids and emotions cards for people who need extra support to communicate or understand what is happening. Here’s the… Read more »

Shining a light on bereavement services

To mark National Grief Awareness Week we are shining a spotlight on our bereavement support services. We know being able to voice difficult thoughts, emotions and experiences in a safe environment, with someone who is not personally involved can make a huge difference to someone who is bereaved. Our Family Support Team offers two bereavement… Read more »

Hospice healthcare assistant handed national award

An “innovative” healthcare assistant has been presented with a national award recognising her dedication to caring for hospice patients. Kathy O’Connell, a Senior Healthcare Assistant at St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester, was nominated for a Cavell Star – and was presented with the medal in front of her colleagues in Day Services. Run by the… Read more »

Hospice Citizens Advice team raise £1.5 million

A hospice is celebrating the work of its benefits advisors, who have helped raise more than £1.5 million for patients and families. The milestone amount was reached by Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) Advisers working in the Family Support Team at St Richard’s Hospice. The sum has been raised since 2009. The advisors work across all… Read more »

‘How St Richard’s Hospice has helped me’

A former builder living with heart and kidney failure has described how hospice courses have helped him to relax. Ivan Tye, who lives in Worcester, began attending Living Well courses at St Richard’s Hospice earlier this year. The free sessions he attended included the six-week Coping with Illness course, which offers practical and emotional coping… Read more »

Support for teens with activity day

“It has allowed me to understand that I am not alone” Recently, a group of bereaved teenagers took part in an activity day arranged by our Family Support Team. The day began with a workshop, talking through the symptoms of grief and coping strategies – before a visit to Drayton Manor Theme Park in the… Read more »

Couple celebrate wedding at hospice

We were delighted to make this couple’s wishes a reality, when they tied the knot at the hospice last weekend. Our quiet reception area was decorated with balloons and confetti, before family members gathered to celebrate the couple’s marriage. It is always our privilege to help make time spent at St Richard’s as personal and… Read more »

Worcester Warriors pay visit to hospice

We were delighted to welcome a group of four Worcester Warriors players to the hospice this week. Ethan Waller, Isaac Miller, Tom Dodd and Justin Clegg spent time chatting to our Men’s Space patient group, answering questions about their careers and playing for the Warriors. Then, the group headed over to meet patients, volunteers and… Read more »

Tasty treats at Waterbugs Group

Alongside caring for patients, St Richard’s also supports loved ones. Youngsters in the monthly Waterbugs Group for children who have a loved one with a serious progressive illness enjoyed creating ice cream sundaes – thanks to Kevin in the hospice kitchen. The youngsters enjoyed making the sundaes and loved eating them! They also decorated a… Read more »

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: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • 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.