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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 »

Community welcomed to new social groups

Recently, we have been delighted to welcome members of the community along to our new Living Well social groups here at St Richard’s Hospice. Last week, patients and carers attended our IT and technology social group where staff and volunteers were on hand to offer advice on using email, online shopping, staying secure online and… Read more »

Hospice helps me to ‘live life as fully as possible’

A man living with lung disease has described how hospice sessions have enabled him to ‘live life as fully as possible’. Lionel Parkin, from Pershore, attended a six-week course at St Richard’s Hospice around managing breathlessness – which is a symptom of his condition. The 86-year-old, who has pulmonary fibrosis, learned techniques to help bring… Read more »

Hospice champions campaign to widen access to care

St Richard’s Hospice is joining forces with other hospices across the UK to support a new campaign aimed at widening access to the vital support they provide for people with life-limiting conditions and those who care for them. The Open Up Hospice Care campaign – which launches today (4 March) and is led by national… Read more »

Couple enjoy Valentine’s lunch at hospice

Love was in the air at the hospice today, as we provided a Valentine’s Day lunch for Nigel and his wife Jane. Jane visits every day and has lunch with Nigel, who is being cared for on our In-patient Unit – but today’s meal was extra-special. The couple enjoyed pasta in tomato sauce and pineapple… Read more »

Trip to the pub made possible for patient

This week, we were thrilled to turn Steve’s wishes into reality with a trip to the pub!   Steve, who lives with cancer, is being cared for on our In-patient Unit and says he hasn’t been able to get to the pub for many years due to his illness.   On Wednesday, 6 February, we… Read more »

Hospice launches series of information and social groups

People living with a serious progressive illness and their carers are invited to a free information session on understanding pain and how to manage it. This introductory session is the first of a series of information and social groups at St Richard’s Hospice, Wildwood Drive, Worcester. The new initiative is part of the hospice’s expanding… 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: 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.
  • 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.