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Hospice clinics hailed a success

30th April 2015

Renal clinic out-patient Gordon Clifford and wife Nancy

Outpatient clinics held at St Richard’s Hospice have been given the seal of approval by local health commissioners, and allocated continuing funding for another year.

St Richard’s Hospice is working in partnership with the NHS South Worcestershire CCG to offer patients with advanced conditions the opportunity to attend specialist out-patient appointments at the hospice.

Each Monday, a palliative care out-patient clinic is held at the hospice for patients with Parkinson’s Disease, advanced respiratory, cardiac and renal conditions. The specialist clinics aim to improve quality of life for patients by proactively managing their illness, and help them and their families to plan ahead for end of life care.

The clinic, initially launched in 2011 as a trial service for renal failure patients, has continued to grow, with up to ten patients now attending each week. The clinics are receiving excellent feedback from both patients and carers. The additional funding agreed by NHS South Worcestershire CCG will ensure that these hospice services will be available for patients.

Patients and their carers are invited to spend time at the hospice where they can receive holistic care from the St Richard’s Hospice’s specialist team, including physical, emotional and spiritual care. In addition to an appointment with specialist NHS consultants and clinical nurse specialists for their condition, patients can also discuss their future care with specialist palliative care consultants and make use of other hospice services such as complementary therapy. Patients and their carers can also enjoy a sociable lunch and discuss the challenges they face with others in similar situations.

Dr Nicky Wilderspin, Medical Director at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “We are delighted to receive this recognition and continuing funding. Patients attending the clinics, and their families, tell us that they have found the sessions very useful. The clinics offer continuing specialist treatment for their condition, offer the opportunity for patients to plan their end of life care and understand more about the services St Richard’s Hospice can offer them.”

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.