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Dying Matters Awareness Week

St Richard’s Hospice is encouraging people to think about how they would like to experience death and bereavement as part of a national campaign. People across the West Midlands risk missing out on having their end of life wishes met and leaving their affairs in a mess for their families to sort out because they… Read more »

Time for tea

The stunning Elizabethan house, The Nash, at Kempsey near Worcester, will be the backdrop for afternoon tea on Thursday, 4th June in aid of St Richard’s Hospice. The event is being held by kind invitation of William and Brenda Bennett-Davies at 2.30pm. As well as a delicious afternoon tea there will be a talk by… Read more »

Hospice celebrates nursing team

St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester was celebrating the care and dedication of the charity’s nursing team today on International Nurses Day today. ( Tues 12th May) Each year the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) encourages and leads the celebration of the work of nursing staff on 12th May, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. St Richard’s Hospice Care… Read more »

‘Hooked’ on art therapy by Paul Brockbank

One of the many activities and therapies on offer to patients at the Day Hospice is creative arts therapy. It’s not something that I have done before but I was encouraged to have a go by Mary. She leads this activity and has loads of experience in different crafts. She is also a magpie, storing… Read more »

I am proud to be a nurse

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… Read more »

Widower calls for more hospice funding

A retired Malvern businessman has called for more government money to fund hospices supporting patients to die at home, following ‘outstanding and exceptional’ care for his late wife. Colin Clarke, of Hanley Swan, praised St Richard’s Hospice for pulling out all the stops to support him and his wife Sue, especially when he could no… Read more »

Ex-Services Club to boost funds

The Barbourne Ex-Services Club in Worcester is holding a bumper May Bank Holiday weekend of events. The weekend kicks off on Friday, 22nd May with a Charity Gig raising funds for St Richard’s Hospice, starting at 8.00pm featuring Steve Knight, Stuart Bishop, Angie and Sophie Field. Advance tickets are available at £4 or £5 on… Read more »

Cars for cash initiative supports hospice

Scrap car with Giveacar sign

Anyone who has a car they no longer need is being asked to consider donating it to St Richard’s Hospice. The Giveacar scheme will arrange to collect the car for free and will sell it at auction or for scrap, with the proceeds being donated to St Richard’s to help fund compassionate care for patients… Read more »

Whose death is it anyway?

David Knight, Chaplain

A thought for Dying Matters week (May 17th – 23rd) There are many people with very strong views on what makes for a good death. Much of it boils down to being a description of what they themselves would hope for. Perhaps a good death involves being surrounded by friends and family, or, alternatively, to… Read more »

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.