I am proud to be a nurse

12th May 2015

June Patel, Care Director writes:

I am so proud to be a nurse.

Nursing is a caring, skilled and evidenced-based profession that provides care in so many different settings and makes a difference to the lives of patients and their loved ones in a multitude of ways.

Nursing care at St Richard’s Hospice is also driven by our values and ethos as a hospice informed by love, care compassion and leadership . These values underpin our philosophy of nursing care and on a daily basis we strive to ensure that our nursing teams have the appropriate time to care.

We are inspired by the founder of the hospice movement in the UK, Dame Cicely Saunders, and her approach to care at end of life – ‘You matter because you are you . You matter to the last moment of your life and we will do all we can , not only to help you die in peace but also to live until you die.’

As Care Director, I am in a privileged position to lead, support and nurture our highly skilled 49 nurses and 30 Health Care Assistants working in the community , our In-patient unit and Day Hospice . An important aspect of my role is to encourage creativity and support our nurses to be passionate about continually developing ways in which nursing care can improve the experience of our patients and loved ones at the end of their lives. On a daily basis I am overwhelmed by the standard of nursing care provided which is validated by feedback from patients, families and carers in letters , cards and through social media.

As we celebrate nurses day today, we must also celebrate the many achievements of our nurses working at St Richard’s. We are blessed to have such a committed and caring team and their passion for nursing care demonstrates, so beautifully, the essence of nursing in practice.

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.