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Reflections on 2015

29th December 2015

Happy New Year
As we enter a new year, we cannot help reflecting on the year just closing; thinking about all our successes and joyful times as well as the times that have been more difficult and have challenged us. Here at St Richard’s we strive each day to offer compassionate care to those coping with the challenges of their illness or bereavement of a loved one.

Over this Christmas and New Year period we have continued to offer specialist care and support to patients and their families at this very special time of year. We are proud of all our staff and volunteers who worked over the holiday to ensure that our support is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Many families tell us that our care makes such a difference to them and even more so over the festive period, a time when families want to spend quality time together.

The husband of one patient told us; “Without assistance from the hospice it would have been a pretty dismal time. I was completely taken aback by the unlimited nature of the care that was on offer.”
We are able to care for patients at the end of their lives thanks to the amazing support we receive from our local community, and we are very grateful to everyone who has helped us be there for those in need. I would like to thank everyone who has helped us during 2015; those that have volunteered their time and skills to support patients and carers, to help us run our fundraising events, or to keep our shops open. Thank you to everyone who has donated funds to help us ensure that we can be here to provide care and support to those who will need our services in 2016.

A peaceful New Year to you all!
June Patel, Care Director

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: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • 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.