Patients enjoy spring sun in gardens

23rd April 2015

Patients at St Richard’s Hospice have been enjoying the feel of spring sunshine on their faces in the serene surroundings of the hospice gardens.

As the days warm and the gardens burst into life, patients being cared for at the hospice’s In-patient Unit are making the most of the private patio areas outside their rooms.

The lovely gardens and grounds at St Richard’s Hospice have been designed to offer so much more than just a pleasant view. In-patient bedrooms have been designed so that patients can view the gardens and pond from their beds or the beds can be wheeled out onto the private patios, with sun shades available when needed.

The extensive grounds also offer space for family members, staff and volunteers to take time out to reflect, relax and find comfort.

June Patel, Care Director at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “The beautiful gardens are an integral part of our caring philosophy. The peace and tranquillity of the natural environment complements the emotional and spiritual support we offer our patients and their loved ones. At times when one might feel overwhelmed by emotions, the hospice’s grounds offer space to take a few minutes away from a stressful situation and to find comfort in the patterns and seasons of nature.”

Close to the hospice building is a wildlife pond where ducks are frequent visitors. Each year, several families of ducklings are cared for by dedicated parents within the hospice gardens. This year, 24 ducklings have been hatched and patients, visitors and hospice supporters alike are eagerly following their progress.

The wonderful planting and maintenance of the gardens is thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers. The team of around ten volunteers each have different zones of the garden to tend, keeping neat and tidy, watered and weeded.

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.