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Hospice launches series of information and social groups

22nd January 2019

People living with a serious progressive illness and their carers are invited to a free information session on understanding pain and how to manage it.

This introductory session is the first of a series of information and social groups at St Richard’s Hospice, Wildwood Drive, Worcester.

The new initiative is part of the hospice’s expanding Living Well programme and is open to people without a referral and who do not have to be already under the care of St Richard’s.

Understanding Pain and its Management – An introduction, will be held on Tuesday, 29th January from 3.30 – 4.30pm. This is a short session aiming to help people understand what pain is and what options are available to them to help live and cope with it.

Next month, on Thursday, 7th February, will be the first of the Love Books group meetings. This is a monthly social group for people with a serious progressive illness and their carers. Love Books will focus on a particular theme each session where participants can share their love of literature.

And on Thursday, 7th March, individuals with a serious progressive illness can join a social group – Making your life easier with IT – where once a month they can learn how to make technology work for them.

Claire Gijselhart, Day Services Manager, said: “We’re expanding and redeveloping our hospice to dramatically increase the range and depth of services we can offer to help more people with a serious progressive illness to live better, more independent lives.”

She added: “This will often involve seeing people sooner after their diagnosis. These new social and information sessions are the first step in offering more supportive treatments, therapies and activities which will make a difference to individuals and their families too.”

The group session will not have clinical support available and individuals attending need to be independent, or independent with the support of a family member or friend.

The sessions can be pre-booked online at www.strichards.org.uk/live-well or by calling the booking message line on 01905 760900.

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: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • 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.