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Couple tie-the-knot at hospice

A couple had their wedding at a hospice surrounded by loved ones after the bride was admitted with a brain tumour. Gala Rowley married her long-term partner Mike Lomax at St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester, on Saturday, 18 March. At the age of 27, Ms Rowley-Lomax was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour which, after treatment,… Read more »

Children explore feelings at support group

Alongside caring for patients, St Richard’s also supports loved ones. Recently, families attending our pre-bereavement Waterbugs group for children explored their feelings through decorating cupcakes with buttercream and icing Our Waterbugs group allows young people to meet others who are going through similar experiences – it can be helpful for them to know they are… Read more »

Hospice ‘helped get my life back on track’

  A former patient is backing St Richard’s bid to expand hospice care to more people with the charity’s Build 2020 campaign. The Worcester-based hospice recently launched an appeal to help raise the final £1.4m urgently needed to build a bigger hospice to care for more patients and families in Worcestershire. The £5.3m expansion and… Read more »

Hospice helps mother see daughter’s wedding

A mother receiving palliative care surprised her daughter on her wedding day by arriving at the ceremony – thanks to a hospice team. Glynis Benton, from Evesham, lives with cancer and is currently being cared for at the St Richard’s Hospice In-patient Unit in Worcester. Staff at St Richard’s ensured the 68-year-old was able to… Read more »

Worcester Wolves share skills with Men’s Space group

Worcestershire men living life-limiting illnesses were welcomed to a recent training session with Worcester Wolves to discover more about basketball. The men, who are all supported by St Richard’s Hospice, took time out to meet some of the players at the University of Worcester Arena in Hylton Road in the city. The visit was part… Read more »

Puppy love

We love welcoming pets here at the hospice so were thrilled when George brought in his 10-week old puppy Ruby. The adorable boxer pup was on her way to have a cuddle with George’s grampy Michael who is being cared for in our In-patient Unit.

Rugby player surprises hospice patient

  A keen Worcester Warriors rugby fan was delighted by a surprise visit to see her in St Richard’s Hospice by player Ethan Waller. Margaret Morgan from Malvern had been chatting to one of the hospice doctors where she is being cared for at St Richard’s in Worcester and mentioned being a big Warriors fan…. Read more »

Hospice on the high street

A team of caring St Richard’s Hospice Community Nurses are celebrating after moving into a new base above the charity’s shop in Evesham High Street. The team of six consists of St Richard’s Clinical Nurse Specialists Phyllis Coates, Karen Palmer, Pam Clark and Sue Thurston alongside Senior Staff Nurses Catherine Wheeler and Charlotte Jordan. They… Read more »

Ukulele club entertain in Day Hospice

The wonderful Worcester Ukulele Club paid a visit to St Richard’s to entertain Day Hospice patients. The talented group played a number of well-known songs which were enjoyed by patients, staff and volunteers. We would like to say thank you to the Ukulele Club – which has recently been named among the best in the… Read more »

Bubble bath joy for patient

 A Droitwich man has relaxed in his first bath for two years – thanks to St Richard’s Hospice. Leslie Salmon from Droitwich, is living with bowel cancer and is currently receiving care in the In-patient Unit of the Worcestershire hospice based at Wildwood Drive, Worcester. Mr Salmon, aged 80, enjoyed the jacuzzi bath with the… 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.