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Perceptions of our care

Alice Spearing HCW

We have recently undertaken market research across Worcestershire to learn new insight into how our community and supporters perceive and understand our care and support. The market research involved on-street surveys and an online questionnaire which was kindly funded by a grant making trust. We would like to thank those who took part in the… Read more »

Special quilt created to support bereaved family

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Staff and patients at St Richard’s Hospice have pulled together to create a very special multi-sensory quilt to help a family cope with their bereavement. Matthew Picton, who lived with a mitochondrial disorder that left him with learning and other disabilities, but died from stomach cancer, was cared for at the end of his life… Read more »

New courses offer daily benefits

Ken and Gwen Stark

A couple from Pershore are benefiting from a new approach to day hospice care which aims to give patients more confidence in managing their illness. Gwen Stark was keen to try the new pilot courses offered as part of the ‘living well’ approach, having previously enjoyed sessions at St Richard’s Day Hospice. As a result… Read more »

Jacky has hoot at fundraiser

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Jacky Smith is 49 and living with MND. Jacky writes regularly for our Inspirational blogs Saturday afternoon the sun shone on the owl show to raise funds for St Richard’s. Thirty or so of my friends gathered to see a display of eleven owls from Bridgnorth. We were able to get up close and personal… Read more »

Hospice Care Week -a patient’s experience of starting a new life

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  My story began back in November 2015. Well actually even further back than that, 2005. Everything started when I was diagnosed with Heart Failure and Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). After suffering from a cough that would not go away and the constant nagging of my wife Catherine, I decided to get myself check out properly…. Read more »

Hospice Care is…

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Recently Mayors and their deputies and council representatives were welcomed to a tour of the hospice. We asked them to tell us what hospice care means to them.  

Hospice care is..’a breath of fresh air’

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What does hospice care mean to me? Jacky Smith is 49 and living with MND.  Hospice care means the world to me and I know it means the world to my friends at St Richard’s too. We have been working on a project of seven word stories. It’s been fun and three of the men… Read more »

Hospice Care Week – Listening Into Action

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Hospice Care Week is an annual week of activity to raise the profile of hospice care across the UK. Each year we hold a week of celebration and action, which helps to change people’s perceptions of hospice care. Peter Anderson writes his how St Richard’s welcomes feedback on its care: I have been involved with… Read more »

Bringing peace and relaxation

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St Richard’s patients can now benefit from a new complementary therapy, helping them to find relaxation, peace and wellbeing. HEARTS (Hands on, Empathy, Aromas, Relaxation, Texture, Sound) is a technique that can calm those who may be anxious, in pain or unable to sleep. Developed by Ann Carter, a specialist complementary therapist in supportive and… Read more »

Creative therapy gave me ‘an interest in living’

Betty  Daniels Saturday Social Club

Our Saturday Social Group is for patients who have been discharged from Day Hospice because they are stable but still benefit from social support. They meet monthly at St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester. Betty Daniels, 80, from Worcester, writes about what St Richard’s and the  Social Group means to her: “I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin… Read more »