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Hospice goes green with solar panels

20th November 2015

St Richard’s Hospice is showing its green credentials this month as it installs an array of solar panels on the roof of its headquarters in Worcester.

Visitors to St Richard’s this month will notice contractors scrambling over the hospice’s rooftops as they install an array of solar panels which will provide up to 230Kw of electricity.

The hospice is taking advantage of a government scheme to install the renewable energy technology which will see the charity reduce its environmental impact and save money. The solar panels, which will only be visible from the rear of the building, will provide the hospice with eco-friendly electricity, with any surplus energy generated returned to the national grid in exchange for Feed In Tariff payments.

From next year, St Richard’s Hospice expects to benefit significantly from the scheme to the tune of approximately £40,000 per year. The hospice is an independent charity and relies on voluntary donations to care for over 2,600 patients and their loved ones each year with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Mark Jackson, Chief Executive at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “We have been thinking for some time about investing in solar panels and are delighted that we will soon be benefitting from cheaper energy bills. It is important to us and our supporters that we spend our money as wisely as possible and these cost savings will mean that more of our income will be available to directly support patient care. Our hospice will soon be more environmentally friendly and as peaceful and cosy as it has always been.”

 

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.