Hospice at Home team

Hospice at Home team


Our Hospice at Home service provides additional support which enables patients to remain in their own  home at the end of their life. The service runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can provide urgent overnight or daytime periods of nursing care for patients at home.

The experienced nursing team works closely with GPs and District Nurses to provide additional care to help patients remain at home, providing physical and emotional support to patients, their carers and loved ones.

hospice at home patientExperienced Health Care Assistants provide nursing care to prevent inappropriate admissions to hospital, particularly if the patient wishes to remain at home during the last few days of life.

The service is available as a short term package of care when patients are most in need – when they are very ill and in the final stages of their illness.

The District Nurse or St Richard’s Nurse Specialist will talk to the patient to discover what service is required and may refer the patient to the Hospice at Home Service. The Hospice at Home team will liaise with the District Nurse Team to plan the nursing care required and allocate the nurse.


Patients who would like support from St Richard’s can be referred by their GP, consultant at the hospital, district nurse, relative or friend. They can also refer themselves. In all cases the GP, who is the key person in charge of that patient’s care, will be contacted. We will then phone to arrange a convenient date and time to visit so that we can discuss and plan the support that we can offer and the care that may be needed. At all stages we will work in partnership with the community teams and acute hospital services involved in the patient’s care. If you would like more information about referral please contact our Gateway Team on 01905 763963.

Healthcare professionals please go to our Information for Referrers page for more information and referral form. If you would like further information on any healthcare services, the following may be of help. For general enquiries relating to health services:

  • Contact your GP, District Nurse or another member of the Primary Care Team Telephone NHS Direct on 0845 4647. If you are receiving hospital treatment, contact your Hospital Doctor or Clinical Nurse Specialist.