Hospice care is..’a breath of fresh air’

16th September 2016

dark-pink-hospice-care-week-2016-stamp-for-use-online-2jacky smith in t shirt on IPU on twitterWhat does hospice care mean to me?

Jacky Smith is 49 and living with MND. 

Hospice care means the world to me and I know it means the world to my friends at St Richard’s too.

We have been working on a project of seven word stories. It’s been fun and three of the men in the group want to make it into a book and spread the word on hospice care. I’m having an owl event at home, inviting my friends to interact with the birds and have cake to raise funds to say thank you for my time in the In-patient Unit and my time in Day Hospice. I hope it’s a good day.  I just want to say thank you and to help others.  I’ve read a twitter trend to give your first plastic fiver to charity, I know where mine is going when I get one.

So to me it means giving something back but thank you to all our fundraisers and supporters of the hospice as you have no idea the breath of fresh air hospice provides. It is socialisation with others in just as difficult positions, it’s distraction by being creative. I have witnessed great talent in art. One is doing a fantastic picture for me of my beloved cat, Ellie. Read more of Jacky’s blogs

Jacky Smith with cat Ellie jacky-smith-cat-drawn-by-other-hospice-patient

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.