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.”