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Demand for hospice care to increase

28th January 2013

From ehospice

The demand for care at the end of life will increase as our population ages, and the nature of that care will become more complex as more of us live with (and die from) chronic diseases.

“The scale of the challenge ahead is dramatic and will require hospices to significantly increase the extent and scope of end of life services.”

A report on the current and future needs for hospice care is being launched today at a conference for hospice managers and chief executives at the Cicely Saunders Institute, Kings College London.

The report, published by the Help the Hospices Commission into the Future of Hospice Care and Cicely Saunders International, pulls together evidence on:

  • changes to the UK population and mortality trends
  • preferences for place of care and place of death
  • the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of hospice care.

The report also highlights gaps in our current understanding of hospice care and the people who can benefit from this care.

To read more click here

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.