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How you helped us care at Christmas

12th January 2016

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters who backed our festive Crowdfunder appeal, St Richard’s Hospice was able to give patients and their loved ones great care and compassion at home over Christmas.  We want to share with you just how much it meant to our patients and their loved ones that you were able to give them the time, care and understanding of our Hospice at Home team at Christmas.

 

 

  • 13 patients were supported at home, their preferred place of care, over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
  • Ten members of the Hospice at Home team were caring for patients and families over the three days, including 24 hour care
  • The team cared for three individuals who died with dignity at home over Christmas
  • We offered a flexible and agile service, able to quickly respond with end of life crisis care and carer support
  • 70+ backers donated £6,180

 

DSC00230The Hospice at Home team was in great demand over Christmas for end of life crisis care and to support carers who were stretched to the limit. They were able to help patients stay at home if that was their wish, and prevented unnecessary hospital admissions. Our team offered emotional support to relieve anxieties, companionship and care to those who were alone, and for others our support enabled their loved ones to have a break from being a carer to simply spend time being a husband, wife, son or daughter.

Our team members were there to help families before the imminent death of their loved ones and with immediate emotional support and guidance afterwards.

We cared for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses such as MND, MS, respiratory and lung failure, often with very complex symptoms.

Thank you, we simply couldn’t do it without your support.

Liza McEvillly

Liza McEvilly

Hospice at Home Team Leader

 

 

 

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.