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Men invited to special information day

13th June 2017

Members of Men's Space get into the Christmas spirit
Men's Space group with guest Philip Serrell, auctioneer and broadcaster.

Worcestershire men living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses are being invited to a special day to find out how St Richard’s Hospice can help them live life to the full.

Men’s Day takes place on Saturday, 8th July at St Richard’s Hospice in Wildwood Drive, Worcester and is open to males from across South Worcestershire. Men do not need to be currently connected with St Richard’s to take part in the day.

The relaxed, informal day includes optional activities such as Tai Chi,  a cookery demonstration and complementary therapy and a guest speaker. Free refreshments and light lunch are provided.

Matt Jackson from the Family Support Team, explained,  “We hope the day will give men a chance to find out what the hospice  has to offer them and the opportunity to give and find support from other men in a similar situation. The day will be enjoyable, full of laughter and focus on living well with their illness.”

Terry Tromans is living with advanced prostate cancer and is a member of the weekly Men’s Space group at St Richard’s. He said, “I can understand there’s hesitation about coming to the hospice,  but everyone’s here for a similar reason. We get so much from each other, so even though the first step might be a really, really bold step – which for many people it is – the rewards far outweigh that step, and you take one step and you don’t look back. It really is that good.”

“Laughter is a key ingredient.  If we are not chomping on cake or listening to a guest speaker, we can be found in the hospice’s wonderful garden taking in fresh air and participating in light gardening. There is also a chance to speak to a nurse if you would like too. This is why Men’s Space is so special to us, and a special place to come each week.”

Monty Wild who also goes to Men’s Space, added, “It’s all about the chat, the banter and the way that we get on with each other. I did have the opinion that hospices were literally a place for dying, but it isn’t, it’s the help that I’ve had since my diagnosis and the help that everyone is given.”

Peter Symons encouraged people to go to the Men’s Day to help find out what hospice care really involves. He said, “Just like a lot of other people, I started out with the preconception that a hospice was where people came to die, but as soon as I started Men’s Space, I realised that it’s where you carry on living.”

Group members can be given support from other St Richard’s services if they think they will be helpful, including benefits advice, counselling, complementary therapies and time with specialist doctors and nurses.

To join Men’s Day the person must have a confirmed life-threatening diagnosis and a South Worcestershire GP.  For more information or to request a place on Men’s Day, please call Matt Jackson, Family Support Practitioner on 01905 763963.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports over 3,000 patients, their loved ones and the bereaved in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support we can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can.

 

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.